Fox Lake man appears in court for 5th OWI

August 21, 2018

JUNEAU — A Fox Lake man made his initial appearance in court Monday after being charged with his fifth offense of drunken driving over the weekend.

Dean C. Cook, 62, could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if found guilty. Cook appeared before Dodge County Court Commissioner Steven Sei who placed Cook on a $1,000 cash bond. Cook, who has been released from custody, was ordered to maintain absolute sobriety and not go into any establishment whose primary business includes the sale of alcohol.

According to the criminal complaint, a car Cook was driving was traveling 56 mph in a 40 mph zone on Highway 33 at Plaza Drive in the town of Beaver Dam Sunday at 12:15 a.m. The vehicle was stopped by police in the 800 block of Park Avenue in Beaver Dam. Cook appeared to be intoxicated to the deputy and was wearing the wristband the Dodge County Fair requires in order to buy alcohol at the fairgrounds. Cook allegedly told the deputy that he had three beers throughout the night.

Cook had a blood-alcohol concentration of .115. The legal limit in Wisconsin is .08, though with four prior OWI convictions, Cook’s legal limit is .02. He was previously convicted of OWI in 1990, 1991, 1994 and 2009. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 11.

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