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Watertown man appears on 5th OWI charges

September 14, 2018

JUNEAU — A 28-year-old Watertown man remains in custody at Dodge County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail Tuesday after being charged with his fifth offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Ryan Gutzdorf could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted of the charges. He is also charged with operating a motor vehicle while revoked and could be placed in jail for a year and be fined $2,500 for that offense.

Gutzdorf appeared before Dodge County Court Commissioner Steven Seim Tuesday for his initial hearing. As conditions of Gutzdorf’s bond, he must maintain absolute sobriety. He may not go upon the premises of any establishment whose primary business activity is the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages. He shall not operate a motor vehicle without the permission of the court.

According to the criminal complaint, a Watertown Police Officer tracked the SUV Gutzdorf was driving going 64 mph in a 45 mph zone Sunday at 1:10 a.m. on Highway 16 between Fourth and Main streets.

Gutzdorf pulled over for the officer and told the officer he had a bad string of luck recently and asked him to cut him a break and let him go. The officer informed Gutzdorf that he did not “cut breaks” for drunken driving.

Gutzdorf was restricted to a less than .02 blood alcohol concentration while driving. He submitted to a breath sample with a result of .159.

Gutzdorf had previously been found convicted of OWI in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Gutzdorf has a preliminary hearing scheduled on Sept. 20.

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