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A 36-year-old Blair man has been charged with third-offense drunk driving and third-offense driving with a prohibited blood-alcohol content.

According to the criminal complaint, Jarrod I. Peterson was pulled over after accelerating from a stop sign onto Highway 95 in the town of Springfield shortly after 2 a.m. and nearly causing a collision with a squad car. Peterson’s vehicle then drifted over the centerline before police could execute the traffic stop. Peterson acknowledged pulling out in front of the squad car but denied consuming alcohol.

A passenger told police they were on their way to the passenger’s residence so he could take his seizure medication. The passenger was heavily intoxicated and later suffered a seizure and stopped breathing. He regained consciousness and was breathing again when emergency responders arrived.

Dispatch informed police that Peterson was on probation with a condition that he not consume alcohol.

Before the field sobriety test, Peterson admitted to consuming alcohol and said conducting the test would be a waste of time because he would fail. He performed the horizontal gaze test but didn’t complete the walk and turn or one-leg stand.

A preliminary breath test of Peterson recorded a blood-alcohol level of .14.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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