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Weston Man Convicted of 8th OWI will Spend 5 Years Prison

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email
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UPDATED: Tues 10:41 PM, Aug 27, 2013

A Weston man convicted of his 8th OWI will spend five years in prison and five years on extended supervision.

According to the criminal complaint, Cole Knapp was stopped on May 11 around 2:30 a.m. in Rothschild after an officer noticed him make a right turn from left lane on Grand Avenue. After a brief chase, the officer said Knapp stopped, exited the vehicle and put his hands in the air.

Knapp attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was arrested a short time late.

Investigators said his .BAC was .188. Due to prior OWI convictions he can not be over .02.

Knapp's sentencing Tuesday was part of a plea agreement. The original deal called for five years prison and four years extended supervision.

Marathon County Judge Jill Falstad ordered an additional year be added to Knapp's extended supervision release.

Knapp has never held a Wisconsin driver's license. Judge Falstad ordered when he does obtain a license he'll have to have an interlock device install for 30 months. He also undergo counseling and pay $600 in fine, plus court costs.

He had also spent 2 1/2 years in prison stemming from his last OWI conviction in July 2010.

Knapp has seven previous OWI convictions dating back to 2002 in Bayfield, Ashland, Lincoln and Marathon counties.

He'll receive credit for 75 days already spent in jail.

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UPDATED: Mon 9:48 AM, Aug 26, 2013

A 29-year-old Weston man charged with his 8th OWI is expected to reached a plea deal with prosecutors Monday, and will avoid a jury trial.

Cole Knapp is also charged with two counts of resisting an officer, and operating while revoked.

Knapp has seven previous OWI convictions dating back to 2002 in Bayfield, Ashland, Lincoln and Marathon counties.

Knapp had never been issued a Wisconsin driver's license.

His hearing is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

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UPDATED: Tue 2:12 PM, May 12, 2013

A 29-year-old Weston man charged with his 8th OWI has pleaded not guilty to operating while intoxicated, operating while revoked, and two counts of obstructing an officer.

Cole Knapp remains behind bars on a $15,000 cash bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Knapp was stopped on May 11 around 2:30 a.m. in Rothschild after an officer noticed him make a right turn from left lane on Grand Avenue. After a brief chase, the officer said Knapp stopped, exited the vehicle and put his hands in the air.

The officer asked Knapp to get back into the vehicle and questioned him about where he'd been that night.

The officer stated he could smell a strong odor of intoxicants and noticed open beer cans in the vehicle along with a beer cooler. There were two passengers in the car, however Knapp admitted the drinks were his.

The officer says during a background check, Knapp exited his car and began to run. Two officers chased Knapp, tackled him and placed him in handcuffs.

Knapp has seven previous OWI convictions dating back to 2002 in Bayfield, Ashland, Lincoln and Marathon counties.

Knapp had never been issued a Wisconsin driver's license.

He had also spent 2 1/2 years in prison stemming from his last OWI conviction in July 2010.

In Wisconsin, after the 3rd OWI conviction the offender's future BAC is lowered to .02.


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