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Onalaska man facing 6th OWI held on cash bond

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An Onalaska man will be required to post a $2,500 cash bond and get clearance from his probation officer to get out of the La Crosse County Jail after he was accused of a sixth drunken driving offense.

Aaron A. Davis, 42, was charged Tuesday with eight counts including: second-offense operating while intoxicated causing injury, second-offense operating with a prohibited concentration causing injury, sixth-offense operating while intoxicated, sixth-offense operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, reckless driving causing injury, two counts of operating a motor vehicle while revoked and misdemeanor bail jumping.

According to the criminal complaint, Davis was pulled over about 8 p.m. Aug. 12 for driving after having his license revoked because of a prior drunken driving offense, and issued a signature bond.

Aaron Davis mug


Five days later, Davis was driving down Birch Street and collided with another vehicle at Mormon Coulee Road.

According to the complaint, Davis had “an almost empty” bottle of vodka in his vehicle and the smell of intoxicants on his breath when police responded to the collision. Police were unable to conduct a preliminary breath test and got a warrant for his blood, which was sent to the Wisconsin State Crime Lab for testing.

The driver of the other vehicle declined an ambulance, but had injuries to his ankle, elbow and lower back.

“The state believes that some cash is appropriate to ensure bond compliance and protect the public,” prosecutor Brittney Wagner said.

Wagner also requested that Davis have regular testing for alcohol at Justice Support Services.

Public defender Allison West argued that Davis consistently appeared in court in the past and followed a prior testing ruling.

“He did great on testing last time. We had no issues. He has no failures to appear. If the main goal is to make sure that he shows up, I don’t think there will be any issues there,” West said.

La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Todd Bjerke noted that Davis was on probation for a fifth OWI and it was the second time he was charged with causing an injury due to drunken driving.

He ordered a cash bond with conditions that Davis not possess or consume alcohol, operate a motor vehicle under any circumstances, comply with Justice Support Services testing and GPS monitoring.

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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering crime and courts for the La Crosse Tribune. She can be reached at 608-791-8218.

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