An Arkansas man is facing multiple criminal charges — including his fourth for operating while intoxicated (OWI) — resulting from a traffic stop in Ripon Tuesday.
Bradley Larsen, 38, of Sherwood, Ark. has been charged with fourth offense operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (a class H felony), possession of methamphetamine (a class I felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia (a misdemeanor), according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court.
Around 2 a.m. Tuesday, a Ripon police officer was patrolling East Fond du Lac Street, near Watson Street, when he witnessed a dark blue Chevrolet Corvette make a rolling stop at the intersection of Watson and Seward streets, court papers say.
The officer followed the vehicle and witnessed it make another rolling stop and fail to signal when it turned, the criminal complaint noted.
Because of the traffic violations, the officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with Larsen, who was driving the Chevy and allegedly smelled of alcohol and had “glassy eyes,” according to court documents.
Backup was called to assist in performing a field sobriety test as the initial officer checked Larsen’s driving record, which showed three prior OWIs, the criminal complaint states.
When backup arrived, Larsen was allegedly asked to perform a field sobriety test. As he exited the vehicle, court documents say Larsen placed items in the map pocket of the driver's side door.
During the sobriety test, Larsen showed signs of intoxication and allegedly asked “How long is this going to go on? Are you just going to keep going until you get me?”
While one officer conducted the sobriety test, the other allegedly saw items in the car that were “consistent with drug paraphernalia.”
According to the criminal complaint, police found a plastic bag with a small amount of white residue, and a package of copper Chore Boy scrubbers, which are used to filter drugs.
Larsen allegedly failed a portable breath test and a 12-step standardized and systematic drug influence evaluation, per court documents.
“Larsen was under the influence of Central Nervous System Stimulants and alcohol, and was unable to operate a motor vehicle safely,” the criminal complaint said.
Additionally, the white substance in the baggie later tested positive for methamphetamine, court papers state.
If convicted on all charges, Larsen faces up to nine years and seven months in prison and $20,500 in fines.