Man Charged in Sawyer County for 7th OWI Sentenced to Prison

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 | SawyerWire |

A Chippewa Falls man was sentenced to three years in state prison followed by three years of extended supervision after being convicted of a 7th Operating While Intoxicated charge in Sawyer County Circuit Court in October.

Shannon Lee Pecha, 51, was sentenced on Dec. 19, to three years of incarceration with 154 days credited for time served.

According to the criminal complaint, a Town of Hayward police officer clocked Pecha traveling at 78 mph on State Hwy 77 near Kreyer Road on July 19, 2017. The officer initiated a traffic stop.

“I approached the passenger side door of the car. I noticed the window was down and I could smell a moderate odor of an intoxicating beverage coming from inside the car,” the officer reported. The driver told the officer he didn’t have a license and the officer noted that his speech was slurred.

Pecha told the officer he was revoked, and he told the officer that “cops were crooked” and that he was afraid the officer was going to shoot him, according to the complaint. The officer told Pecha he wasn’t going to shoot him.

Dispatch advised the officer that Pecha was revoked due to OWI and also Sawyer County had an active warrant for his arrest, the complaint stated.

Pecha was unsteady when he got out of the car, the officer reported. A Sawyer County deputy arrived on scene and field sobriety tests were conducted on Pecha, who failed initial tests and then refused to take anymore, stating, “just take me to jail.”

While at the jail, Pecha refused a chemical breath test and became belligerent calling the officer names. At that time, according to the criminal complaint, the officer asked Judge John Yackel to authorize a warrant for a blood draw. He authorized it and Pecha was taken to the hospital, but at first refused to get into the squad car telling the officers on scene they would have to fight with him. They talked him into getting in.

At the hospital, the officer reported that Pecha became belligerent again towards hospital staff, but officers were able to talk with him and get him to calm down. A blood draw was taken at the hospital.

Pecha was transported back to the county jail and booked with his 7th offense of operating while intoxicated.

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