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Dousman man arrested for 7th OWI

May 18, 2019

JUNEAU — Bail was set at $25,000 cash for a 47-year-old Dousman man charged with his seventh offense of drunken driving.

Mark Colman Gromer is also charged with bail jumping. He could face up 13 years in prison and a $35,000 fine if convicted of both charges.

Gromer appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Commissioner Steven Seim Friday. As conditions of Gromer’s release, he must maintain absolute sobriety and shall not go upon the premises of any establishment whose primary business activity involves the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages. In addition, he was ordered to not operate a motor vehicle without permission from this court.

According to the criminal complaint, a Juneau Police officer was following Gromer’s vehicle Thursday around noon, after Gromer’s vehicle pulled out of the Highway Shop, 211 E. Center St. The officer noticed the vehicle was traveling a higher rate of speed while driving around the block. The police officer checked the vehicle’s registered owner and was alerted that the driver’s license was suspended.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle as it pulled back into the Highway Shop, but the vehicle continued to drive until Gromer finally stopped in the parking lot of an apartment building, next to the Highway Shop. According to the criminal complaint, the officer said Gromer had a strong odor of alcohol.

Gromer allegedly told the officer that he was upset because he was operating the vehicle outside of his occupational license restrictions. He originally said he had not been drinking.

A Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy showed up at the traffic stop and told the Juneau officer he recently had contact with Gromer. The deputy said Gromer had a history of abusing alcohol and had showed up at the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office intoxicated. The Juneau officer asked Gromer again the last time he had drank and Gromer said at 3 or 4 a.m.

Gromer submitted to a preliminary breathalyzer test, which resulted in a reading of .107. The legal limit for driving is .08, though with his multiple prior OWI convictions, Gromer’s legal limit is .02.

Gromer had previously been convicted of OWI in 1994, 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2013. In addition, he has an open case in Waukesha County Circuit Court for his sixth offense of OWI.

Gromer’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 30.

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