A Menomonee Falls man was arrested for his fifth OWI offense early on St. Patrick’s Day after drawing the attention of officers engaged in a separate traffic stop.
John Disch, 61, was charged Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with OWI-Fifth or Sixth Offense, a felony.
According to the criminal complaint, a Menomonee Falls officer was assisting two other officers with a stop at the intersection of Appleton Avenue and Arthur Avenue just before 2 a.m. Disch’s black Jeep Cherokee passed by going southbound on Appleton, “very close” to an officer’s vehicle, and its horn honked three or four times as it passed.
That led the officer to approach the vehicle after it stopped in the parking lot of Subway in the 1600 block of Appleton Avenue.
Disch told the officer he was coming back from Beaver Dam, and though he said he had only two beers and stopped drinking two hours before, he appeared unsteady.
Field sobriety tests were failed, and a breath test measured a .17 blood-alcohol level.
Disch had previous OWI convictions in 1995, 1999, 2007 and 2008; in addition he faces a pending hit-and-run felony in Dodge County from December 2012.
He is slated to appear for a hearing Wednesday in Waukesha County Court.