An Onalaska man was accused of drunken driving with methamphetamine in the car Friday — allegations he vehemently denied in La Crosse County Circuit Court.
Robin C. Ainsworth, 39, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, third-offense operating while intoxicated, third-offense operating with restricted controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ainsworth was found apparently asleep behind the wheel at 3:30 a.m. Friday at the Kwik Trip on Rose Street, according to the criminal complaint. A police officer observed him sit with his foot on the brake and the keys in the ignition for several minutes before waking him up, causing him to spill his Kwik Trip soda all over his lap.
Ainsworth denied sleeping and being under the influence, despite his constricted pupils and slurred speech, according to the complaint. He failed several field sobriety tests, although a preliminary breath test showed no alcohol on his breath.
Ainsworth was taken into custody, and a search revealed a white crystalline substance consistent with meth in his car, as well as two glass pipes and a straw with a white powdery substance, according to the complaint.
Ainsworth denied the charges in court, asking to talk to the police as well as an attorney. He was released on a $1,000 signature bond by Judge Elliott Levine on the condition he comply with Justice Support Services.
Erik C. Nedrelo, 32, Onalaska, was charged Feb. 20 with possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor bail jumping and possession of drug paraphernalia. Nedrelo had meth and a pipe at about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 1 when he was stopped for riding his bicycle without a light, according to the complaint.
Dameon L. Hendricks, 28, La Crosse, was charged Feb. 19 with attempting to flee an officer as a repeat offender. Hendricks drove away from police Feb. 3 instead of stopping for a traffic stop, then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, according to the complete.
Chandra M. Smith, 37, Black River Falls, was charged Feb. 18 with felony bail jumping, possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of THC, possession of an illegally obtained prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith had meth, heroin, oxycodone and a vape pen with THC oil Feb. 10 when she was pulled over during a drug investigation, according to the complaint.
Lawrence Ramsey and Benjamin Arendt
Lawrence M. Ramsey, 55, no permanent address, and Benjamin L. Arendt, 36, Sparta, were charged Feb. 11 with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, both as parties to a crime. Ramsey and Arendt had 3.6 grams of meth in 10 small plastic bags and a digital scale in their vehicle Feb. 3 when they were pulled over for an excessive window tint on the North Side of La Crosse, according to the complaint.
Joel R. Davis, 39, Onalaska, was charged Feb. 10 with delivering methamphetamine. Davis sold 19 grams of meth to a confidential informant Oct. 17, 2018, for $400, according to the complaint.
James R. Dean
Justin J. Tillman
Darion C. Thomas
Paul J. Bunts
Paul J. Bunts, 35, of Woodman, was charged Feb. 6 with possession of methamphetamine. On Jan. 26, Bunts told police that he had lost $400 in an armed robbery near Farmington. After talking with Bunts, officers began to doubt his story. Bunts eventually admitted that he had used the $400 to buy methamphetamine, and that he called police because he suspected the drugs were fake. The drugs were real, according to the criminal complaint.
The following people have been charged with a felony in La Crosse County.
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