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Onalaska man arrested for 9th OWI, fleeing police after 6-mile chase

Onalaska man arrested for 9th OWI, fleeing police after 6-mile chase

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An Onalaska man was arrested early Wednesday for his ninth drunken driving offense and fleeing an officer after a six-mile chase.

Randall S. Horton, 56, was pulled over just after midnight Wednesday in Onalaska for operating a motor vehicle after his license was revoked.

Horton stopped for the police officer, who approached him and asked how he was doing, according to the complaint. In response, Horton said, “I’m going,” put his vehicle in drive and left.

Randall Horton

Horton

Horton reached up to 60 mph during the chase through a residential neighborhood, before stopping at a dead end on Hanson Court, getting out of his car and attempting to flee on foot, according to the complaint. He was caught, taken to the ground and placed in handcuffs by Onalaska police officers.

Horton smelled of alcohol and told police he had four or five bottles of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, beginning at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the complaint. Due to a previous OWI conviction, Horton is forbidden from driving with a blood-alcohol concentration higher than 0.02%.

Horton was previously convicted of eight drunken driving offenses between 1992 and 2013.

Horton was charged in La Crosse County Circuit Court with ninth-offense operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, attempting to flee an officer, failure to install an ignition interlock device and operating a motor vehicle while revoked. If convicted, he faces at least three years imprisonment.

Judge Elliott Levine ordered Horton to be held on a $5,000 cash bond. Should Horton post the bond, he will be forbidden from drinking alcohol and required to comply with Justice Support Services testing.


Jourdan Vian can be reached at jvian@lacrossetribune.com or follow her on Twitter at @Jourdan_LCT.

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