Benjamin Winchel

Benjamin Winchel

A man from Necedah has been charged with his fifth operating while intoxicated offense.

Benjamin G. Winchel, 38, was also charged with two counts of felony bail jumping, one count of misdemeanor bail jumping, and a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license.

According to a criminal complaint, a Juneau County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Highway G and Wilson Lane in the town of Necedah for an intoxicated driving complaint. Winchel was stopped on his motorcycle and officers could smell the odor of intoxicants on him. When asked how much he had to drink, Winchel said “too much,” and that he consumed about 12 beers before operating his motorcycle.

Winchel agreed to perform a field sobriety test, but after allegedly failing three segments, the deputy stopped the test. When Winchel provided a breath sample, he reportedly blew a blood-alcohol reading of .173. The deputy determined Winchel had been driving while impaired and arrested him. He was taken to the Juneau County Jail without incident.

Based on court records, Winchel was convicted of four previous OWIs, two in Monroe County, one in Vernon County and one in Sparta. His first conviction was in 2002 and his last was in 2012. Due to conditions of a bond agreement in three separated open cases, Winchel is “not to commit any crime.”

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

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