Impaired driving in Menards lumberyard leads to 5th OWI charge

The Minoqua man admitted to drinking a couple of beers prior to driving to Menards.

Douglas County Circuit Courtroom, Superior, Wisconsin. (Jed Carlson /
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

A Minoqua man who was allegedly driving drunk at the Superior Menards store has waived the time limits on his preliminary hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Devin John Olson, 42, is facing one count of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated. He made his initial appearance in court June 10. The court ordered a $1,500 cash bail and $1,500 signature bond for Olson.

According to the criminal complaint, a Menards employee reported an intoxicated driver picking up merchandise from the store lumberyard at 8:40 p.m. June 9. The man, later identified as Olson, was in the store when an officer from the Superior Police Department responded. Managers at the store told police they could smell an odor of alcohol through Olson's mask.

Olson told the officer he had a couple of beers that evening and showed clues of impairment during field sobriety tests. Store security cameras showed Olson driving his vehicle, and he told the officer he had driven to the store.

Olson has four prior OWI convictions, according to the complaint. Three were for 2004 incidents, the other for a 2006 incident. If convicted of the class G felony, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000. His next court appearance was set for July 1.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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