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Superior man faces 5th OWI, firearm charges

A Superior man accused of a fifth drunken driving offense was bound over for arraignment last week in Douglas County Court.

Jesse Charles Witt, 37, is facing felony counts of fifth offense operating while intoxicated and possession of a firearm by outstate felon. A $1,000 cash bond and a $1,500 signature bond were set for Witt, who was ordered not to use or possess alcohol or a firearm.

According to the criminal complaint, Superior Police Officer Justin McIntosh made a traffic stop on a vehicle without license plates the morning of Oct. 3 at the intersection of North 22nd Street and Washington Avenue. The driver was identified as Witt.

McIntosh noted a strong odor of intoxicants on Witt's breath and the Superior man performed poorly on field sobriety tests.

A preliminary breath test of Witt showed an alcohol concentration of 0.147.

While searching the vehicle, McIntosh found a cased handgun and two fully-loaded magazines inside a backpack in the back seat area. The handgun was unloaded.

According to Witt's driving record, he has four prior operating while intoxication-related convictions out of Minnesota, including a felony conviction for operating while intoxicated in 2006.

Witt's next court appearance was set for Jan. 7. Each of the counts carries a maximum punishment of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000.