A Superior man accused of a 10th drunken driving incident waived the time limits to his preliminary hearing Friday, July 26, in Douglas County Circuit Court.
Steven Lee Johnson, 44, faces one count of 10th offense operating while intoxicated. He was released on a $3,000 cash bond and a $2,000 signature bond. Johnson was ordered not to use or possess alcohol or drive a vehicle without a valid license.
According to the criminal complaint, Superior Police Sgt. Paul Winterscheidt stopped a vehicle driven by Johnson at 10 p.m. July 13 near the 800 block of Tower Avenue.
Winterscheidt could smell an odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle, and noted that Johnson had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. Five open bottles of beer were reportedly seen in the rear passenger area by Officer Tony Schroeder, who arrived on scene for backup.
Johnson did poorly on a number of field sobriety tests and was arrested for operating while intoxicated.
Records showed Johnson has eight operating while intoxicated convictions out of Wisconsin, including six in Douglas County; the most recent was in 2008. He was also convicted of criminal driving while intoxicated in St. Louis County in January, according to the complaint.
If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum penalty of 15 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $50,000. His next court appearance was set for Aug. 9.