Dec. 8—EAU CLAIRE — A Chippewa Falls man has been arrested for drunken driving for the Twelfth time since 1993, authorities say.
Osborne J. Burkins Jr., 58, 3951 ninetieth St., was charged this week in Eau Claire County Court docket with a felony rely of Twelfth-offense drunken driving.
A $25,000 money bail was set for Burkins, which prohibits him from driving a motorcar, coming into taverns or consuming alcohol. He additionally should preserve absolute sobriety.
Burkins returns to courtroom Tuesday, Dec. 14, for a preliminary listening to.
Based on the prison criticism:
An Altoona police officer on patrol on Friday observed a dark-colored Jeep sport-utility car. A information verify confirmed the car was assigned to a Chrysler PT Cruiser.
Earlier than he might provoke a visitors cease, the car pulled into the median between South Hastings Manner and the ramp to Clairemont Avenue. The car stopped over the raised curb space within the median.
The officer activated his emergency lights and pulled in behind the car.
The driving force, who was recognized as Burkins, had a powerful odor of intoxicants coming from him. Burkins admitted he had consumed two or three drinks. He had slurred speech and glassy eyes.
The officer checked Burkins’ driving file and realized his standing was revoked for a previous drunken driving-related offense. Burkins was additionally ordered to have an ignition interlock gadget put in in any car he owns or operates.
Burkins refused to carry out subject sobriety checks. He admitted he was not secure to drive.
The officer then arrested him for drunken driving.
A verify of Burkins’ file reveals he has 11 prior drunken driving convictions.
He was convicted of drunken driving in December 1994 and April 2004 in Pennsylvania, in March 1995, February 1995, October 1995, January 1997 and April 1997 in Utah, and in July 1998, January 1999 and twice in December 2011 in Eau Claire County.
If convicted, Burkins could possibly be sentenced to as much as 10 years in jail.