A Wisconsin man who nearly collided with a police car while driving the wrong way down Tower Avenue waived his preliminary hearing Feb. 24 in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Michael Todd Livingston, 51, of Durand, faces one felony count of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated. A $1,500 cash bond and $5,000 signature bond were set for Livingston, with the conditions that he not use or possess alcohol, not frequent establishments whose primary business is serving alcohol and not operate a motor vehicle without a valid permit or license.

Michael Todd Livingston
Michael Todd Livingston

Superior Police Officer Griffith Coffman was driving north on the 900 block of Tower Avenue when he saw headlights coming toward him in his lane of travel shortly after midnight Jan. 10. He activated his lights to alert the driver and prevent a head-on collision. Coffman followed the vehicle when it turned off on North Eighth Street until it pulled over.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Livingston. Coffman noticed that his speech was slurred and his eyes were glassy. Livingston told the officer that he was leaving an establishment on Tower Avenue and didn’t realize the road was one-way, according to the criminal complaint.

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Livingston performed poorly on a number of field sobriety tests, and reportedly told Coffman he had consumed about 12 beers. He took a preliminary breath test, which registered at 0.233.

If convicted of the Class G felony, Livingston faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000. His next court appearance was set for April 23.

A traffic citation for driving the wrong way on a divided highway was also issued to Livingston.