A Rice Lake man arrested for his alleged involvement in a domestic quarrel May 15, 2019, is facing charges that include drunk driving, third offense, carrying a concealed weapon, and possessing a firearm while intoxicated, Barron County Circuit Court documents said.
A complaint filed May 16 identifies the defendant as Bruce R. Beranek, 66, 630 E. Gates St., Rice Lake.
On May 15, a witness told police he was at a home with his mother, and that his mother’s ex-boyfriend, later identified as the defendant, had made threats, and he had a gun. The witness said the suspect was driving a white Chevrolet Impala.
Police found a vehicle fitting the description parked in a driveway next to the home, and saw a man leaving a nearby garage who was later identified as the defendant.
The defendant smelled of intoxicants and allegedly told police he had a pistol in the center console of the car and a rifle in the back seat. He allegedly said he did not have a concealed carry permit.
Police later found a .22 caliber semiautomatic handgun in the console and a box of .22 cartridges nearby. There was a rifle in the back seat.
A preliminary breath test gave a reading of .17, more than twice the state’s legal limit of intoxication. In the vehicle, police also found a container of what later tests showed was marijuana. The defendant was taken to Marshfield Medical Center hospital for a blood test.
If convicted on all charges, the defendant could face up to more than two years in jail and/or fines of up to $13,500.