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Report: Wisconsin Heights baseball coach gets OWI on way to game

Published On: May 09 2014 12:59:10 PM CDT   Updated On: May 09 2014 09:25:06 PM CDT

Jessica Arp reports.

SAUK PRAIRIE, Wis. -

The Wisconsin Heights head baseball coach was driving drunk on his way to a high school baseball game this week, according to a report from Sauk Prairie police.

Police confirmed to News 3 that Andrew Cowley, 36, of Mount Horeb, was arrested on suspicion of second offense operating while intoxicated Tuesday afternoon.

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.

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.

Former school board President Jeff Fancsali confirmed that Cowley has been suspended without pay pending an investigation. District Administrator Mark Elworthy confirmed they are aware of the situation and are currently conducting an investigation but would not confirm Cowley's suspension.

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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