The driver of a pickup truck that failed to stop while a police officer gave chase for seven miles on U.S. Hwy. 53 was jailed Wednesday, Oct. 31, after pleading guilty to a charge of drunk driving, sixth offense, in Barron County Circuit Court.
Court records say Michael C. Blaeser, 32, could face up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 4, 2019.
A complaint filed April 30, 2018, said Blaeser was stopped after witnesses called 911 on the night of April 27 to report a Dodge Dakota “all over the roadway” on southbound U.S. Hwy. 53 near Chetek. A Chetek police officer followed the truck, saw it moving erratically, then turned on his lights and, later his siren.
The officer reported the truck went a total of seven miles south on Hwy. 53 before it stopped near the New Auburn exit.
Behind the driver’s seat was a 24-pack of beer with 10 cans missing.
At the time of the incident, Blaeser had already been convicted of drunk driving, fifth offense, in Eau Claire County. Court records show Blaeser has drunk driving and other charges on his record dating back to 2004, in Waukesha, Milwaukee, Eau Claire, Chippewa and Barron counties.
At the Oct. 31 hearing, Blaeser pleaded guilty to the sixth OWI charge. His bond was ordered revoked and he was jailed pending sentencing, court records said.