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Coach accused of OWI on way to game fired

Published On: May 23 2014 08:53:23 AM CDT   Updated On: May 23 2014 08:53:33 AM CDT

Andrew Cowley

SAUK PRAIRIE, Wis. -

The Wisconsin Heights head baseball coach accused of driving drunk on his way to a high school baseball game was fired, according to a release from the school district.

Police said Andrew Cowley, 36, of Mount Horeb, was arrested on suspicion of second-offense operating while intoxicated May 6.

The district said Friday that Cowley was dismissed for work-related reasons and not for traffic citations.

An officer responded to a report of a vehicle with a possibly intoxicated driver on Highway 12 traveling south from Baraboo. The vehicle was pulled over just over the Wisconsin River bridge, according to police.

The officer smelled intoxicants, and Cowley said he was a high school baseball coach on his way to coach a game in Lodi, police said. The officer found several empty cans of Mike’s Hard Lemonade on the floorboard and at least one unopened one, according to the report.

Police said Cowley was taken to a hospital for a blood test and released to his mother. Online court records show he was arrested on suspicion of possession of open intoxicants in a vehicle.

Cowley was been suspended without pay before his termination.

School records show Cowley was hired as head baseball coach in January 2013.

Cowley was arrested for his first OWI in August 2013.

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