A 58-year-old Soldiers Grove man was charged Sept. 1 in Crawford County Circuit Court with one count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (seventh offense).
Thomas E. Finley faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines if convicted.
According to the criminal complaint, Finley was pulled over by a Crawford County Sheriff’s Deputy in the village of Soldiers Grove at 11:40 p.m. on Aug. 22, on suspicion of OWI.
Finley was arrested and taken to Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. Finley had six prior convictions for OWI and therefore his blood alcohol content was restricted to .02 in order to legally drive.
Finley refused to submit to a chemical test of his blood, so a search warrant was obtained and Finley’s blood was drawn. Samples were labeled, sealed and sent to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene in Madison.