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A 47-year-old Tomah man was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney for third-offense drunk driving and threatening a police officer during an April 8 incident.

Police responded shortly after midnight to a report of a man passed out in a van at the Kwik Trip store at 124 W. McCoy Blvd. When police arrived, the engine was running and the tail lights were on. Police identified the man in the driver’s seat as Thomas J. Mason, who was slouched over the steering wheel. The report says police knocked several times on the windshield without Mason responding.

An officer then opened the unlocked passenger door and woke Mason by placing his hand on Mason’s shoulder. As Mason became responsive and sat up in his seat, police observed an open bottle of beer in the center console.

When asked how much alcohol he had consumed, Mason reportedly responded, “a little bit” and “not much” before later saying, “quite a few.” He said he pulled off the road due to his impaired condition, and the report says he had bloodshot and glassy eyes. He said he left a bar around 1:30 a.m. even though it was shortly past midnight.

The report says Mason failed to complete the walk-and-turn and one-leg stand portions of the field sobriety test, and a preliminary breath test recorded a blood-alcohol level of .191.

After Mason was placed in a squad car for transport to the Monroe County Jail, he began screaming profanities and struck his head against the cage window. During the rant, he allegedly said, “Me and you are going to go at it dude … I bet you can’t fight,” which police interpreted as a threat of physical harm.

In other Tomah Police Department news:

Jamie Lynn Perry, 27, Warrens, and Dale Clayton Reichenbach, 35, Black River Falls, were referred to the district attorney after an April 7 traffic stop.

Police pulled over a vehicle on Glendale Avenue near East Jackson Street with its back windshield missing and a passenger who wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Police identified Reichenbach as the driver and Perry as a front-seat passenger. Police recognized Perry from previous contacts as a drug user, and dispatch informed police that Reichenbach has a bond condition that prohibits him from associating with known drug users.

As police began searching the vehicle, Perry said she had a bottle in her purse with pills that belonged to another person who recently entered jail. Police identified the 25 pills as Doxycycline, which is available by prescription only. The report says police found a blade knife and syringe cap in the vehicle and a syringe in Perry’s jacket.

Reichenbach and Perry were both referred for bail jumping, and Perry was referred for possessing a prescription drug without a prescription.

Jennifer Lynn Cornell, 35, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for operating after revocation/drunk driving-related and failure to install an ignition interlock device after an April 4 traffic stop. Cornell was pulled over shortly after 12:30 a.m. for failure to display a front license plate.

Steven James Hessil, 29, Tomah, was referred to the district attorney for operating after revocation/drunk driving-related and failure to install an ignition interlock device after an April 6 traffic stop. Police checked Hessil’s license plate through dispatch as he was heading south on N. Superior Avenue shortly after 11:30 p.m. and discovered his revoked status.

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

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