A La Crosse man is facing drunken driving charges after crashing into a building on Rose Street.

Bryan Bethke, 55, was arrested Tuesday evening after he drove up on the sidewalk and struck a building at 1446 Rose St., the former home of a clothing store called FUNK and future home of a new business called Salon SOHO.

Police were called at about 7:45 p.m. and arrived to find Bethke still in the vehicle. Bethke smelled of intoxicants and said he was on his way home from a bar, according to the complaint.

Bryan Bethke


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A preliminary breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.175%.

He was treated at a local hospital and taken to the La Crosse County Jail.

Bethke was charged with third-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and third offense operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited blood-alcohol content.

He has two previous drunken driving convictions from 1993 and 2016.

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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering crime and courts for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218 or jvian@lacrossetribune.com.

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