A Superior man accused of a sixth drunken driving offense waived his preliminary hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court on June 5.
Lawrence Laurie Rintala, 59, is facing one felony count of sixth offense operating while intoxicated and misdemeanor counts of failure to install ignition interlock device and operating while revoked. His next court appearance was set for Aug. 12.
Cash bail of $5,000 was set for Rintala, who remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail on Monday, June 17.
According to the complaint, Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies Luke Wagar and Nate Halverson initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Rintala after it drove through a red light on East Second Street and Belknap Street at about 7 p.m. May 30. Rintala did not have a driver's license or proof of insurance with him.
Wagar noted that Rintala's speech was slow and slurred, his eyes red and glossy. A moderate odor of intoxicants was coming from him, Wagar reported. Rintala also performed poorly on field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.173.
Rintala admitted drinking about four mixed drinks earlier in the evening.
According to the complaint, Rintala has five prior OWI convictions out of Wisconsin, the most recent in 2014. At the time of his arrest, Rintala was ordered to have no alcohol concentration greater than 0.02 and to have an ignition interlock device on his vehicle. There was no ignition interlock installed on the vehicle.
If convicted of the felony, Rintala faces a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000.