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Elkhorn man pleads not guilty in 7th OWI

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Gazette Staff
June 24, 2009
— An Elkhorn man who served jail time for crashing an airplane into a Milwaukee neighborhood while flying drunk in 2005 pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a new charge of operating while intoxicated.

David J. Betts, 41, of 103 E. Rockwell St., Elkhorn, was arraigned in Walworth County Court on a charge of seventh-offense drunken driving and two counts of felony bail jumping. All three charges stem from an April 29 incident.


Betts made headlines in 2005 after flying drunk and crashing into power lines in the Riverwest neighborhood in Milwaukee.


The new charges were filed after Betts attempted to visit an inmate at the Walworth County Jail on April 29 while drunk, according to the criminal complaint.


Betts is scheduled for a status conference July 1.


He remains in the Walworth County Jail on a $20,000 cash bond.



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