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Charges filed for 5th impaired driving offense

A Superior man was arrested for a fifth impaired driving offense following a traffic stop June 20 in Superior.

Ronald G. Linder, 64,  also faces four counts of felony bail jumping and one count of obstructing an officer. He was released on $2,500 cash bail following an initial appearance Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court. A preliminary hearing for Linder is set for Wednesday, according to online court records.

According to the criminal complaint: A Wisconsin State Patrol inspector initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle Linder was driving at about 10:20 a.m. June 20 near the intersection of North 61st Street and Tower Avenue.  The trooper observed Linder was not wearing a seat belt and pulled him over, according to a news release from the Wisconsin State Patrol Spooner Post.

When the trooper asked for his license, Linder took a long time to find it and his vehicle began rolling backward. The trooper also noticed empty beer cans in a brown bag on the passenger side floor.

When asked if he had been drinking, Linder admitted he had a couple of beers an hour earlier. The trooper could also smell the odor of alcohol coming from the Superior man’s breath. A preliminary breath test showed a result of 0.12.

At the time of his arrest, Linder had been released on bond for a separate fifth offense operating while intoxicated charge out of Douglas County. Conditions of his bail in that case, which remains open, were that he not commit new crimes, not use or possess alcohol and not operate a motor vehicle without a valid license.