SHEBOYGAN — A 53-year-old man is facing his fifth OWI charge after a two-vehicle crash Tuesday.
Kurt A. Reimer, of 1301 South 24th Street in Sheboygan, was charged with felony operating while intoxicated, his fifth since 1990.
According to the criminal complaint, paramedics and police officers were called to the intersection of North Taylor Drive and Wilgus Avenue on Tuesday, September 5th for a two-vehicle injury accident. An officer immediately noticed a strong odor of intoxicants emanating from Reimer’s vehicle and noted his speech was slurred. In speaking with Reimer, he appeared to not understand some of the officer’s questions.
Reimer was repeatedly asked for identification but was unable to locate it for police. The man became more and more agitated as the officer continued to speak with him. Police asked him on two occasions to exit the vehicle and both times he refused.
Police noticed on the floor of the passenger seat, an open case of canned Budweiser beer as well as an open Budweiser beer in the center console of the vehicle. The man told police his breaks had failed causing the accident. When the officer asked Reimer again to step out of the vehicle, he indicated he would not do so and attempted to consume the already open can of Budweiser from the center console.
The officer had to reach into the vehicle, knock the beer out of Reimer’s hand, opened the door and took the man into custody. Reimer was then placed inside a police patrol car and became upset with himself, indicating that he had just screwed himself according to the criminal complaint. He had reportedly been sober for a 11 months prior to the accident. Also according to the criminal complaint, Reimer been drinking for the last month and has been drinking up to a 12 pack a day since that time.
If convicted, Reimer faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine.