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Chippewa Falls man arrested for 9th offense OWI

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Lake Hallie (Press Release) - On Sunday September 1, 2013, at 10:44 a.m. Officer Tim Bowman of the Lake Hallie Police Department was dispatched to a report of an intoxicated male in a red van on the dead end of N. Joles Parkway off State Highway 124.   

Upon checking the area, Officer Bowman located a red van that matched the description given by the Chippewa County Communications Center. Officer Bowman noticed that a male subject was seated in the driver's seat. The area has a business and one house on the road and Officer Bowman found it suspicious that the van was parked there, so he made contact to see if the person was okay.

Officer Bowman identified the male to be Robert H. Booth of Chippewa Falls.  Officer Bowman noticed that the keys to the vehicle were in the ignition, but the van was not running. Officer Bowman had a conversation with Booth and he admitted to driving to his current location. The strong odor of intoxicants was detected and Booth's speech was slurred.

Booth was unsteady on his feet and almost fell over several times. He submitted to field sobriety tests, but after the first test, Booth decided that he did not want to participate in any other tests.

He was subsequently arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated-9th Offense, Operating After Revocation-1st Offense (Criminal), and a Probation Violation (he is on probation for OWI). 

He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital for a legal blood draw. He consented to the legal blood draw. His blood was sent to the State Crime Lab in Madison for further analysis. 

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