Janesville man charged with 9th offense OWI

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Ann Marie Ames
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
— A Janesville man's driver's license had been permanently revoked four months before he was arrested Monday on suspicion of ninth-offense intoxicated driving.

David J. Haefner, 52, of 2121 N. Harmony Drive, Janesville, was charged Monday in Rock County Court with ninth-offense intoxicated driving and operating while revoked. He was arrested at 2:20 a.m. Monday on Highway 59 near Goede Road in Fulton Township.

Haefner appeared via video Monday afternoon in Rock County Court. Court Commissioner Charles Holznecht set a cash bond at $4,000. An adjourned initial appearance is scheduled for Thursday.

As a condition of bond, Holznecht prohibited Haefner from consuming alcohol or operating a vehicle for the remainder of the case.

According to the criminal complaint, a Rock County sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle driven by Haefner pulling a trailer and swerving while westbound early Monday on Highway 59. Haefner pulled into a gas station parking lot on Highway 59, and the deputy was able to see that the vehicle is registered to Haefner. The deputy pulled out of the gas station parking lot and waited, according to the criminal complaint.

Haefner left the gas station and continued west on Highway 59. When the deputy pulled him over, Haefner got out of his vehicle and walked back to the squad car, according to the complaint. He failed to pass field sobriety tests and refused to take a preliminary breath test.

The state Department of Transportation in December disqualified Haefner for life from holding a drivers license, according to the criminal complaint. Prior to that, his license had been revoked until at least November 2012 after a 2011 conviction in Ohio of eighth-offense intoxicated driving.

Previous arrests were: June 28, 1990, in Alabama; June 30, 1990, in Alabama; June 28, 1991, in Alabama; April 24, 1993, in Jefferson County; Feb. 6, 1994, in Dodge County; May 9, 1997, in Columbia County; and Feb. 23, 2008, in Rock County.

Rock County officials are developing an intoxicated-driving court that could make treatment options available for repeat drivers who qualify. The county is expected to start the court this year, but no date has been set.

Last updated: 8:11 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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