Sheriff: Man Almost Runs Other Driver Off Road, Faces 10th OWI


A Baraboo man facing his 10th drunken driving charge was seen driving erratically and cutting off another driver on Highway 12 early Saturday morning, Sauk County officials said.

A Sauk County Sheriff’s Department sergeant noticed a 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck that was going south on Highway 12 squeal its tires at the County Road BD roundabout, according to a release.

The sergeant followed the truck south on Highway 12 and saw the truck driving erratically, causing another driver to take evasive action as the truck entered the other driver’s lane, officials said.

The truck did not have any registrations lamps, so the sergeant conducted a traffic stop near Hatchery Road in the town of Baraboo, according to the release.

The driver, 47-year-old Shawn M. Sosinsky, of Plain, displayed signs of alcohol consumption and impairment, deputies said. Field sobriety tests were conducted, and Sosinsky was subsequently arrested on a tentative charge of 10th-offense operating while intoxicated.

Sosinsky refused to take a preliminary breath test and refused to submit to an evidentiary blood test, but a search warrant was obtained by authorities to get the blood sample, according to the release.

He was also arrested on a probation hold from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and was cited for unsafe lane deviation.

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