Janesville man facing seventh drunken driving charge

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Mike DuPre'
Thursday, May 8, 2008
— A Janesville man who served a prison sentence for homicide by drunken driving was arrested Wednesday night on a charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and seventh-offense drunken driving, a felony.

David R. Ambrose Jr., 37, of 120 N. River St., No. 203, Janesville, was arrested in the parking lot of his apartment building at 10:05 p.m. after an incident in Fulton Township, Janesville police reported.

Rock County sheriff’s deputies arrested Ambrose on a felony charge of second-degree reckless endangerment after Ambrose’s stepfather reported that Ambrose nearly ran him over with a vehicle after an argument earlier in the night, according to police reports.

Deputies and Janesville police looked for Ambrose, and Janesville officers reported seeing him driving erratically in the city. They followed him back to his apartment building.

A preliminary breath test indicated Ambrose’s blood-alcohol concentration was 0.09, over the state’s legal threshold for intoxication. Ambrose also told officers that he takes at least six prescription medications, including a painkiller and antidepressants.

In 1994, Ambrose pleaded guilty to killing Alexander R. Munro, 19, of Janesville on May 1 of that year by trying to ram a stolen car into a bridge in a drunken attempt to kill himself. Ambrose was trying to smash the stolen car into a bridge on Highway 14 near County E.

In March, Ambrose was arrested on consecutive nights for what police say were his fifth and sixth drunken-driving violations.

Last updated: 9:12 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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