Jail Ordered for Hayward Woman Convicted of OWI 5

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | by Ben Dryden |

An incident that started as a traffic stop in May 2017 for a speeding violation led to charges of Felony Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) 5th Offense for a Hayward, WI woman. At a plea/sentencing hearing in Sawyer County Circuit Court on February 21, 2018, she received a sentence of 365 days in jail and 3 years probation.

Charges were filed against Sherry Billyboy, of Hayward, WI, after her vehicle was stopped on May 8, 2017, by an officer of the Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Tribal Police Department for speeding after the officer caught her vehicle traveling between 10 and 15 miles above the posted speed limit.

After stopping her vehicle, the officer asked if she had anything to drink. Billyboy replied that she doesn’t drink. The officer conducted field sobriety tests with Billyboy and after she was unable to successfully complete those, the criminal complaint filed against her states that Billyboy agreed to a preliminary breath test; the results of which were .094.

Billyboy was placed under arrest and transported to the Sawyer County Jail. When officers checked her vehicle, they located a 16 ounce can of Bud Light, ¾ full.

After arriving at the jail, Billyboy stated that she would not provide a voluntary sample of her blood for testing. The officer applied for a search warrant for a sample of Billyboy’s blood and that was granted. According to the criminal complaint, test results from the Wisconsin State Crime Lab indicated that Billyboy’s blood alcohol level was .123.

Billyboy was also charged with Felony 5th Offense Operating With a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration and Misdemeanor Operating While Revoked. Online circuit court records show that those charges were dismissed.

The Court ordered that Billyboy may serve her time on an electronic monitor through the Sawyer County STOP 3 program and she received credit for 16 days previously served. Billyboy is also to complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and follow through with any recommendations. In addition, the Court ordered that Billyboy must have an Ignition Interlock Device installed for 24 months in her vehicle. Her driver’s license was also revoked for 24 months.

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