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Roberts man charged with fifth OWI

A Roberts man was charged earlier this month in St. Croix County Circuit Court with his fifth operating while intoxicated violation.

The next court appearance for Anthony D. Tibbitts, 46, is a preliminary hearing scheduled for 4:15 p.m., Monday, March 16. He has also been charged with operating without a license.

According to the criminal complaint, St. Croix County deputies were enroute around 11:15 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, trying to pursue a vehicle that was headed west on 100th Avenue in the Town of Hudson. The vehicle eluded a squad car and went through a stop sign without stopping and continued west on McCutcheon Road.

The vehicle eventually stopped a short while later. In their reports, deputies noticed how difficult the driver had maintaining his balance as he exited the car. He was also instructed to put his hands in the air twice before he compiled.

Tibbitts was later identified by his driver’s license. Deputies further noticed the smell of intoxicants coming from his person, his eyes glossy and bloodshot and slurred speech.

A passenger in Tibbitts’ car said they were drinking heavily all night and were on their way home from Boardman. He asked for a different ride home due to the fear of Tibbitts being too intoxicated.

Tibbitts then went through a series of field sobriety tests including reciting the alphabet, walk and turn and the preliminary breath test, for which he refused. Upon that, he was placed under arrest and taken to Hudson Hospital for a legal blood draw, which Tibbitts complied to.

Penalties Tibbitts could be facing include the maximum $10,000 and/or 72 months prison upon conviction and loss of driving privileges between two to three years.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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