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Concord ditch crash results in fourth OWI

January 30, 2019

CONCORD -- A 36-year-old Oconomowoc man was arrested Saturday at approximately 9:20 p.m. near the intersection of County Highway F and Allen Road on suspicion of his fourth offense of operating while intoxicated.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Traffic Management Center, Benjamin W. Polensky, 36, of Oconomowoc was arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol Waukesha Post for operating a motor vehicle under the influence, fourth offense.

“On Saturday at approximately 9:20 p.m., the Wisconsin State Patrol, Waukesha Post, responded to a report of a car in the ditch on Highway F near Allen Road,” the DOT stated Sunday in a news release. “A trooper responded to the scene. After telling a person who had stopped to help him that he had been drinking and needed help, the driver, later identified as Mr. Benjamin Polensky, walked away from the vehicle toward a nearby barn.”

The trooper obtained a description of Polensky from the person who stopped to help. The Wisconsin State Patrol also received information that Polensky had been picked up and transported to a local bar.

“The trooper and a Jefferson County Deputy located Polensky, the registered owner of the vehicle, who also fit the description given by the witness. Polensky, showed signs of impairment and refused to take any field sobriety test,” the media release stated, adding Polensky has three prior OWI convictions.

A warrant was obtained for a blood draw and this was conducted without incident. Polensky was turned over to the Jefferson County Jail with charges of felony OWI fourth offense and misdemeanor bail jumping.

“The charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” the DOT said.

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