The driver of a vehicle seen going less than 10 mph in a 25 mph zone is facing a felony drunk driving charge after a Jan. 26, 2019, traffic stop in Barron, according to county Circuit Court documents.
A complaint filed Jan. 28 identifies the defendant as Michael P. Carlson, 37, 1640 18th Ave., Barron.
An employee at a local gas station called police on the night of Jan. 26, with the report that a customer smelling of alcohol had come into the store to pay for gas “and could barely write his name on the credit slip” before he left.
An officer saw a blue pickup matching a description given by the witness, and followed it north on Mill Street. The officer clocked the vehicle going only nine mph in a 25 mph zone.
The officer followed the truck to an apartment parking lot. He stepped over to passenger side of the vehicle and spoke to a woman who said she and the driver were lost. The driver, later identified as the defendant, allegedly said he had made a wrong turn.
The inside of the truck cab smelled of alcohol. A records check showed the defendant was restricted to a blood alcohol level of .02. A breath test at the scene produced a reading of .184.
The defendant allegedly refused to give a blood sample, but a warrant was obtained to compel him to allow one. Records show that Carlson had three prior drunk driving convictions on his record from 2001, 2002 and 2007.