Elkhorn man faces fifth-offense intoxicated driving charge

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Gazette staff
Monday, October 16, 2017

ELKHORNAn Elkhorn man who got into an accident with a 0.27 blood-alcohol concentration now faces a fifth-offense intoxicated driving charge, according to a criminal complaint filed in Walworth County Court.

Elkhorn police say Michael P. Covey, 48, of 219 Lewis St., No. 8, drove while intoxicated at 8:25 p.m. Aug. 26 in the 100 block of West Market Street in Elkhorn, according to the complaint.

Police said Covey told them he drank alcohol but “not nearly enough,” the complaint states. Police said they found a cold, open beer in Covey's car.

Covey also faces a general alcohol concentration enhancer because his blood test showed a 0.27 blood-alcohol concentration, more than three times the legal limit to drive in Wisconsin, according to the complaint. That means minimum and maximum fines will be quadrupled if Covey is convicted.

Covey has previous intoxicated driving convictions in 1996 and 1997 three times, according to the complaint. Two of the 1997 violations were less than three weeks apart.

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