Terrance E. McNamara

Terrance E. McNamara

A 69-year-old Wisconsin Dells man was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney for a 10th drunk driving offense and several other charges after an Oct. 14 crash in the town of LaGrange.

Tomah police responded to a crash scene on Highway ET where a truck driven by Terrance E. McNamara had struck a tree. McNamara was still in the truck when police arrived and said he wasn’t injured.

McNamara complied with a request to exit the vehicle and appeared uneasy on his feet and slurred his speech, according to the report. He acknowledged to police that his driver’s license had been revoked.

The report says McNamara requested to urinate. When an officer denied the request, McNamara allegedly turned toward the officer and threatened to “knock you out.” McNamara was then placed in handcuffs and allegedly told an officer, “You’ll be dead in about a week.” Police didn’t conduct a field sobriety test due to McNamara’s aggressive behavior. An open bottle of vodka was found in McNamara’s vehicle, according to the report.

The report says McNamara continued to threaten officers as he was transported to Tomah Memorial Hospital for a blood draw. As the blood draw was being completed, McNamara allegedly grabbed a hospital employee, drug his fingernail into her wrist and called her a vulgar name, according to the report. The report said his yelling could be heard throughout the emergency room.

In addition to drunk driving, McNamara was referred for battery to an emergency health care provider, threatening a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct, open intoxicants in a vehicle (driver), driving too fast for conditions, operating after revocation/drunk driving-related and failure to keep a vehicle under control. He has an initial court appearance scheduled for Oct. 31.


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

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