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Man sentenced to prison for 10th OWI

Published On: Dec 05 2012 04:18:08 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 05 2012 04:26:10 PM CST
JANESVILLE, Wis. -

A man was sentenced Wednesday to prison for his 10th offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Paul G. Barber Jr., 52, was sentenced in Rock County Circuit Court to six years in prison followed by five years of extended supervision.

During sentencing, Rock County Assistant District Attorney Jodi Dabson Bollendorf emphasized that Barber had previously been arrested 21 times for the offense of operating while intoxicated in multiple states dating back to 1982; however, in Wisconsin, prior convictions occurring prior to 1989 are not counted under the law.

Both the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and Dabson Bollendorf argued for the maximum sentence of seven and a half years confinement followed by five years of extended supervision.

The criminal complaint said that on May 25, Wisconsin State Trooper Bauer located Barber in his vehicle parked on the shoulder of Interstate 39/90 and observed that Barber's vehicle had fresh damage on the left side.

Barber initially stated that he had rolled his vehicle, then changed his story and could not remember what happened, according to the complaint.

Bauer could smell an odor of intoxicants coming from Barber's breath and began field sobriety tests until Barber refused to complete any more tests and stated, "I'm done with this," according to the complaint.

The complaint said Barber's blood was tested and the results showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.296.

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