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MN man arrested for OWI after Polk Co. crash involving kids


Polk County (WQOW) -- A Minnesota man was arrested after a crash in Polk County Saturday afternoon, for operating a motor vehicle under the influence with a child under the age of 16 in the car. 

The Wisconsin State Patrol said George Sleva, 26, of Taylors Falls, Minnesota was headed east and slid through a stop sign on 35th Avenue. They said Sleva collided with Judy Schwartzbauer, 52, from Amery, Wisconsin, who was headed north on State Highway 46.

Officials said Sleva had an odor of an intoxicant on his breathe. After a field sobriety test, he was arrested for OWI, his second offense, with a minor in the vehicle. 

According to the State Patrol, Sleva had two people in his vehicle: Melissa Riehle, 36, from Eau Claire and another passenger who was 15 years old. They said Riehle was hurt in the crash. She treated at Amery Hospital and is expected to recover. 

Authorities said Schwartzbauer had a 12-year-old passenger in her vehicle. Both were taken to Amery Hospital and are also expected to recover. 

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