Deputies locate empty boxed wine, vodka bottles in car of woman arrested for 4th OWI with child in car

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Franksville woman, 33, has been arrested and charged with 4th OWI.

Deputies responded to a report of a possible OWI driver heading eastbound on I-94 at the county line. A caller followed the vehicle until it exited at I-43 and Hwy 100 southbound.

Deputies initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Krystal Gehrke. She had a suspended driver's license. A 5-year-old child was in a car seat in the back of the vehicle.

Gehrke told deputies she was coming from a friend's house and had a glass of wine an hour before.

She performed poorly on standardized field sobriety tests and blew a .19.

Deputies found one empty 500 ml box wine and three empty 15ml vodka bottles inside the vehicle. 

Gehrke was arrested for OWI-4th with Passenger Under 16 Years of Age, a Class H felony which carries up to 12 years in prison. She was also cited for Operating While Suspended, Operating with Suspended Registration Plates, and Unsafe Lane Deviation.

Gehrke has prior convictions from June 2007, November 2008 and April 2015.

The child was taken to the patrol substation to wait for Child Protective Services from Racine County.

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