The age old adage of "if at first you don't succeed, try again" probably shouldn't be applied to drunk driving.

The charges for a Superior man accused of Operating While Intoxicated for the eighth time were recently presented in Douglas County Circuit Court last week.  According to the Douglas County Jail Roster, 65-year old Richard Kenneth Ostman remains in jail on the charges that stem from a police call towards the end of September.

Ostman's cash bond is $3,000.

The current felony charges for Ostman arose from the police call on September 30 to the Kwik Trip on Banks Avenue in Superior.  The Superior Police responded when an employee of the store called to report "an intoxicated driver who was about to leave the property".

Douglas County Sheriff's Dept
Douglas County Sheriff's Dept

Apparently the suspect had been inside the store prior.  According to a police report summary in an article in the Superior Telegram [paywall] - Ostman was asked to leave after the employee noticed him without shoes, having "difficulty understanding and said he just wanted to buy beer".

When Ostman left the convenience store, the situation continued:

"[H]e was reportedly observed on the ground beside a car trying to put his shoes on.  The....employee said he went out to help Ostman up and the Superior man said he was going somewhere else for beer.  [When] the employee told Ostman he shouldn't be driving, [he] then called the police".

When the police arrived, they made further observations that led to the eventual arrest and charges:

"He appeared to be heavily intoxicated and his speech was slurred to the point of being almost unintelligible.... Ostman reportedly had difficulty getting out of the vehicle and appeared to be unable to stand unless he leaned on the car. He refused to submit to field sobriety tests."

According to Wisconsin Circuit Court records, Ostman has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated seven times prior to this most-recent arrest.

Ostman's next court appearance will be November 21.  If convicted for this eighth OWI charge, he "faces a maximum sentence of up to 12 and a half years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000".

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