A Rice Lake woman could face up to 10 years in prison after being charged with her fifth drunk driving offense, Barron County Circuit Court documents said.
A complaint filed Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, identifies the defendant as Nicole M. Towne, 37, of Rice Lake.
According to the complaint, the defendant was allegedly at the wheel of a vehicle that went into the median on U.S. Hwy. 53 at 2:05 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018.
Two witnesses told dispatchers that the incident took place just north of the U.S. Hwy. 8 exit between Barron and Cameron.
One witness said he had spoken with the driver, who said she was okay and didn’t need help. The witness saw the vehicle take off at a high rate of speed.
Later, a Chetek officer found a vehicle parked facing south in the northbound lane of Hwy. 53 with a woman slumped over the center console.
The driver, later identified as the defendant, was awakened and given a field sobriety test, which she failed. A preliminary breath test gave a reading of .156.
At the time, Towne had four prior drunk driving convictions and had her license revoked in January 2017, an order still in effect at the time of the incident.