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Superior man faces fifth drunken driving charge

A Superior man charged with allegedly driving drunk for a fifth time waived a preliminary hearing Dec. 13 in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Miles Lyle LaCross, 32, faces felony fifth offense operating while intoxicated. He remained in custody Thursday at the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bond. His next appearance is set for Jan. 19.

According to the criminal complaint:

Superior Police Officer Brad Esler responded to the area near Zion Lutheran Church on East Second Street around 5:39 p.m. Dec. 3 on a report of a vehicle that had just hit a pole. The passenger side door of the vehicle involved was open and Lacross was seen crouched hiding inside the opening. He told Esler he was in an accident, denied drinking and said he was not high.

Esler noticed Lacross was sweaty despite the cool temperature, moved strangely and spoke incoherently to himself. Numerous signs of impairment were noted when Lacross performed field sobriety tests and he was arrested. Esler believed him to be under the influence of some sort of narcotic.

Lacross has three previous operating while intoxicated convictions in Wisconsin and an implied consent violation conviction in Minnesota, according to the criminal complaint. His last conviction for operating while intoxicated was in 2012.

Lacross was also cited for operating a motor vehicle without insurance, hit and run property adjacent to highway and refuse to take test for intoxication after arrest.

If convicted, Lacross faces a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000.