Three sentenced after multiple drunk driving offensesThree men were sentenced last week after multiple offenses of driving drunk.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Three men were sentenced last week after multiple offenses of driving drunk.
A Superior man who drove through two yards and a fence while intoxicated will spend three years in prison.
Douglas Mark Van Puymbrouck, 43, pleaded guilty in Douglas County Circuit Court to seventh offense operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration. He sentenced to six years, three years confinement and three years extended supervision. He was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.
Superior Police Officer Mike Kendall responded to a report of a vehicle that had driven through two yards and a fence near the Spur Station at 615 Belknap St. on the evening of Nov. 5. He found Van Puymbrouck sleeping in the suspect vehicle, which was running. The Superior man’s right foot was on the brake pedal and the car would move forward slightly when pressure on the pedal relaxed.
When officers managed to wake Van Puymbrouck, he denied drinking, and then said he had six beers that evening. A blood test showed he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.245, more than three times the legal limit. At the time, Van Puymbrouck was prohibited from operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration greater than 0.02. He has six prior drunk driving convictions, the most recent a 2010 Minnesota conviction for prohibited alcohol content.
Herbert Henry Hansen, 54, of Duluth pleaded guilty in Douglas County Circuit Court to a fifth offense of operating while intoxicated. He was sentenced to three years of probation and seven months in jail with Huber work release granted. Hansen was ordered to pay a $3,706 fine and his license was revoked for 36 months.
A five-year sentence, 2½ years confinement and extended supervision, was imposed, and then stayed.
When responding to a hit and run accident around 2 p.m. Sept. 12, Superior Police Officer Joel Markon located a car that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. The car was parked and a male, later identified as Hansen, appeared to be sleeping at the steering wheel. Markon turned off the ignition, removed the keys and woke Hansen. He appeared to be intoxicated and showed multiple signs of impairment during field sobriety tests.
A witness who saw the hit and run gave a description of the driver that matched Hansen and his license plates matched those reported.
Test results showed Hansen had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.214, about 2½ times the legal limit. Hansen has four prior intoxicated driving convictions in Wisconsin.
Luke John Fredrick, 33, pleaded guilty in Douglas County Circuit Court last week to a fifth offense of operating while intoxicated. He was sentenced to three years of probation and one year in jail with Huber work release granted. Fredrick must pay a $2,944 fine and his license was suspended for 36 months.
Charges of fifth offense operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and operating while revoked were dismissed.
A 33-month prison sentence was imposed, and then stayed. Douglas County Deputy Mitch Olson was dispatched to a one-vehicle crash on Highway 13 in the town of Cloverland on Dec. 2. He found a black SUV in the ditch and a lone male walking toward him.
The man, identified as Fredrick, said the airbag went off and hit him in the face. He was bleeding from two cuts on his face. When asked if he’d been drinking, Fredrick said he had about 12 beers that night, the last about an hour prior to the incident.
A blood test showed his blood alcohol concentration was 0.19, more than twice the legal limit. Fredrick had four prior drunk driving convictions on his driving record, the last in 2009.