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West Bend man guilty of 5th OWI

November 10, 2018

JUNEAU — A 43-year-old West Bend man was found guilty on Friday of his fifth offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and was sentenced to a year in prison.

Jonathan James Kahut entered a no contest plea in front of Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer and was found guilty. He must serve one year of initial confinement with a two-year extended sentence. His driver’s license is revoked for three years, and he must have an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates for three years. He must undergo an alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and pay fines and court costs.

According to the criminal complaint, a deputy pulled over Kahut’s vehicle at 2:25 a.m. May 25 after it was seen driving erratically on Interstate 41 in the town of Lomira. The people who reported the vehicle after believing that Kahut almost struck their vehicle followed him to the Amerihost Motel, 645 East Ave., Lomira.

Kahut was approached by a deputy, who paged EMS after being told by Kahut that he had taken a bunch of pills before the deputy arrived on the scene. However, the deputy also noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Multiple bottles of beer were found in Kahut’s car.

Kahut refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, but underwent a forced blood draw. He was medically cleared from the hospital Monday and transported to Dodge County Jail.

Kahut was previously convicted of OWI in 1992, twice in 2003 and once in 2004.

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