Vernon Timmsen

Vernon Timmsen

A 57-year-old Tomah man was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney for seventh-offense drunk driving after a Nov. 13 traffic stop in the city of Tomah.

Police pulled over a vehicle driven by Vernon M. Timmsen after an officer identified the vehicle as belonging to another person with a revoked driver’s license. Police detected the odor of alcohol in the vehicle, and the report says Timmsen had bloodshot eyes. He reportedly told police he had consumed a couple of Steel Reserves.

Timmsen was ordered to exit his vehicle. When informed that police would conduct a field sobriety test, Timmsen reportedly replied, “It isn’t going to matter buddy. I know I’m over the limit … I ain’t going to pass your test.”

The report says Timmsen was uncooperative during the field sobriety test, insisting he couldn’t perform the tasks. He reportedly told police during the eye-gaze test that the officer’s finger “was big blur and I see two of them.” Police interpreted his behavior as refusal.

Timmsen was also referred for operating after revocation/drunk driving-related, tampering with an ignition interlock device and bail jumping.

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

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