Wisconsin Woman Arrested For OWI, 11 Month Old Passenger In Car With Her
Drinking and driving never mix and the results can be catastrophic. It's also against the law.
The Wisconsin State Patrol apprehended a 36-year old suspect on Saturday night for OWI charges; in addition to the alcohol-related charges, the woman had a child-passenger in the vehicle at the time.
According to details shared by WEAU-TV, Heather Buder is currently being held in custody on the charges, stemming from the traffic stop that occured in Blair, Wisconsin - which is located just south of Eau Claire. This appears to be the suspects second offense.
The initial cause for pulling Buder's vehicle over was an undisclosed equipment violation. Once the vehicle was pulled over, that's when the authorities discovered that the suspect was suspected of operating the vehicle while intoxicated:
"...during the stop, the trooper saw signs of impairment. After field sobriety testing, Buder was taken into custody, and taken to a hospital for a blood draw before being taken to Tremealeau County jail."
Meanwhile, the authorities turned the 11-month old child who was a passenger in Buder's vehicle at the time over to "the care of an adult family member".
Having an OWI with a minor can bring harsh penalties to a convicted suspect - especially in Wisconsin. The state "has been tightening up it's OWI laws", adding penalty multipliers for specific situations. In regards to an OWI with a child in the vehicle, those fines could be "double, or even more than double the penalty for an ordinary OWI".
According to State of Wisconsin statutes, "it is illegal...for a driver over the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle":
- With a blood/breath alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater
- While under the influence of an intoxicant
- With a detectable amount of restricted controlled substance in his or her blood
- While under the influence of a controlled substance or any other drug
The penalties for these offenses are very specific and the state details them on their website.