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LATEST: Prison ordered for Eau Claire man convicted of 9th OWI

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - An Eau Claire man convicted of drunk driving for the ninth time is going to prison.

Police said Leo Owen was involved in a three-vehicle crash on Clairemont Avenue in May. When asked for his drivers license, Owen first tried to hand over a credit card, then appeared to forget why he was searching in his wallet.  His blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit to drive.

He'll serve three years in prison.


Posted Sept. 8, 2017:

Eau Claire (WQOW) -- An Eau Claire man has pleaded guilty to a 10th OWI. 

Leo Owen entered to plea in Eau Claire County on Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, Owen was involved in a three vehicle crash on Clairemont Avenue on May 19. According to the complaint, when asked to present his drivers license, Owen first tried to hand the officer his credit card. He then appeared to forget why he was searching in his wallet. After numerous commands from police, he eventually handed over his identification.

Owen submitted to a breathalyzer test, which registered at 0.24, three times the legal limit to drive.

A sentencing date for Owen has yet to be set. 


Posted May 22, 2017
Eau Claire (WQOW) --
An Eau Claire man has been charged with driving drunk for the 10th time.

Leo Owen was charged in Eau Claire County on Monday. According to the criminal complaint, Owen was involved in a three vehicle crash on Clairemont Avenue on May 19. 

According to the complaint, when asked to present his drivers license, Owen first tried to hand the officer his credit card. He then appeared to forget why he was searching in his wallet. After numerous commands from police, he eventually handed over his identification. Owen submitted to a breathalyzer test, which registered at 0.24, three times the legal limit to drive.

If convicted of his 10th OWI, Owen faces up to 12 years and six months in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

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