A Sullivan man was charged with a felony after sheriff’s deputies pulled him over on Sept. 8 for his sixth OWI offense.
Jeremy F. Schmidt, 39, was stopped while headed eastbound on I-94 near Springdale Road after a deputy observed him traveling in excess of 85 to 90 miles per hour. According to the criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Sept. 10, Schmidt’s vehicle swerved between lanes as well.
Once pulled over, Schmidt got out of his car smelling of intoxicants with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Asked if he had been drinking, Schmidt said he had consumed two beers about an hour before the 12:24 a.m. traffic stop.
After conducting field sobriety tests and administering a preliminary breath test, the deputy determined that Schmidt was under the influence. His blood alcohol content registered at .182, the complaint alleged.
The deputy transported him to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. On the way, he yelled, “God (explicative) it” and other profanities several times, the complaint stated.
He initially stated that he would not submit to a blood test. Later, after a deputy observed Schmidt to be staring at him, the deputy asked if Schmidt was trying to threaten him. Schmidt allegedly responded, “I’m not trying to threaten you, I’m just trying to make eye contact. I think you’re kinda cute,” the complaint stated.
Hospital staff completed a blood draw without incident, but Schmidt refused to answer any questions. Schmidt has five previous convictions for OWI stemming from violations in May 1997, two in December 1998, one in April 1999, and another in July 2004, according to the complaint.
If convicted of the felony charge, Schmidt faces a maximum of up to $10,000 in fines and up to six years in prison.