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Man pleads insanity to 11th-offense OWI

Published On: Jan 27 2013 02:16:21 AM CST
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -

A Plainfield man charged with his 11th offense of driving while intoxicated has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental defect.

A Stevens Point Journal report said a judge this week ordered a doctor's examination for 51-year-old Mark Schulke. The court will review the doctor's conclusions at a status conference Feb. 18.

Portage County prosecutor Cass Cousins said he's never seen someone use an insanity plea for an OWI case before. He also said it's rare for someone to be charged with an 11th offense of the charge.

The criminal complaint says Schulke's first conviction for driving while intoxicated was in 1993. His last conviction was in 2004.

He initially pleaded not guilty to the latest charge but asked the judge whether he could change his plea.

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