A Cameron man found slumped over the wheel of a car on an Almena street Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, is facing a felony drunk driving charge, according to a complaint filed Nov. 12 in Barron County Circuit Court.
The defendant is identified as Ryan P. Nelson, 35, 1106 19 7/8 St., Cameron.
A Turtle Lake officer was paged to Almena shortly before 2 a.m. Nov. 10 on a report of a pickup truck parked in the traffic lane of northbound Garfield Street. The officer found the driver slumped over the wheel and the brake lights on.
The officer knocked on the driver window but couldn’t get the driver’s attention. Out of concern the truck might move, the officer opened the door, put his foot on the brake and shifted the transmission into “park.”
The officer finally woke the driver up by shaking his arm. The driver allegedly smelled of alcohol and his speech was slurred.
Another Turtle Lake officer arrived and the first officer went to speak with him. A few minutes later, the driver allegedly shifted the truck into gear and began to go forward. The officer ran to the truck and ordered the driver not to drive.
Due to cold and icy conditions, the officers took the defendant to the Turtle Lake Police Department for a field sobriety test. He allegedly failed the test and was arrested.
Records indicate Nelson has four prior drunk driving convictions between 2004 and 2014.
The complaint charges the defendant with drunk driving, fifth offense, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.