Superior man charged with fifth drunk driving offense
A Superior man accused of driving drunk for the fifth time pleaded not guilty last week in Douglas County Circuit Court to charges of fifth offense operating while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Superior police officer made a traffic stopped a black pickup that was reported to be swerving and being driven recklessly at about 10:45 p.m. May 3. The driver, identified as Joseph Alan Johnson, 53, told the officer that he had about four or five beers and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. Johnson refused to provide a breath or blood sample, but a search warrant was obtained for a blood draw — he had a blood alcohol level of 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit.
Johnson pleaded not guilty to the charges during an arraignment July 25. He is free on a $2,000 signature bond with the conditions that he not drive without a valid license and not possess or consume any alcoholic beverages. His next court appearance is Aug. 29.