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Grant County, Wisconsin man charged with 6th OWI


FENNIMORE TOWNSHIP, WI (KWWL) -- A Viola, Wisconsin man is facing his sixth OWI charge after being stopped Monday night in Fennimore Township.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office says Peter James Fagan, 37, was stopped just after 7:00 Monday night on suspicion of operating while intoxicated based on his driving behavior.

They say Fagan refused a field sobriety test on the scene and was arrested for OWI.

Fagan was then taken to the Grant Regional Health Center where they say he refused the chemical blood test.

He was then taken to the Grant County Jail where he is being held on felony OWI charges.

Fagan is also charged with Operation After Revocation and Open Intoxicants.

Sheriff Keith Govier says that Fagan received his first OWI in Wisconsin in 1998, second and third in 2003, fourth in 2004 and fifth in 2005.

He also says Fagan received two OWI's in Iowa, one in 1994 and the other in 1998.

A check of on-line court records in Iowa found one OWI conviction in Iowa from Jackson County in 1994.

Govier says if Iowa's OWI laws conform with Wisconsin's, Fagan's latest charge could be amended to be his eighth.

He also says the court can drop the automatic conviction if Fagan can prove to the court that he had a valid reason for refusing the tests.

If the automatic conviction is dropped, the sheriff's department would have to prove their case based on Fagan's driving behavior and the smell of alcohol witnessed by the deputy.

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