Cops: Wis. man accused of OWI comes to court drunk
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man already charged with drunken driving now faces a second charge after he allegedly drove himself to his court appearance while intoxicated.
A Wisconsin State Journal report says 50-year-old Russell Lambert of Windsor appeared in Dane County court Friday. Madison police say a bailiff smelled alcohol on his breath and administered a breath test.
Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says the testing device registered a high blood-alcohol contact, and subsequent tests confirmed a blood-alcohol level of 0.28 percent. That’s 3.5 times the legal limit.
DeSpain says Lambert told investigators he drove himself to court. Police are now recommending a second drunken-driving charge.
Online court records say Lambert pleaded not guilty to the first charge. The court records didn’t list a defense attorney Saturday.