A responsible citizen called the police when he saw a vehicle driving erratically on Wednesday morning. It was rush hour and Mike Schmidt was driving to work when he noticed the swerving Highlander. A OWI this early in the morning may be surprising to some but what’s even more surprising is it isn’t that rare.
Schmidt states in this TMJ4 report that he gave the other driver the “benefit of the doubt” when he first noticed the swerving. When the erratic driving continued, however, he called 911 to report the possibly drunk driver. He stayed on the phone with dispatch, following the swerving SUV to assist law enforcement in finding the vehicle.
When the Highlander was eventually pulled over, it was found to be none other than off duty Milwaukee County Sherriff’s Deputy Scott Kuhtz. Deputy Kuhtz was behind the wheel and in possession of his duty weapon as well.
Kuhtz was required to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. He now faces a few charges: OWI and Going Armed While Under the Influence. Kuhtz has been with the department for 19 years but is now on suspension pending investigation.
This story goes to show that no one is above the law and people from all backgrounds get charged with DUI. The consequences of the OWI depend on a variety of factors including, most importantly, if you have faced charges like this before
A first time OWI is typically a simple forfeiture or a fine. However, as you repeatedly get charged with the offense, the penalties grow and grow. Your second offense could land you jail time, for instance.
Knowing the ins and outs of DUI charges is my job as your DUI defense attorney. Together we will look at the evidence against you and formulate the best defense strategy. Call me today so we can get started on your case.