Woman Charged With 6th OWI After Driving Drunk on Highway 45
Delavan woman speeds past sheriff's deputy Saturday during heavy downpour.
A 56-year-old Delavan woman is facing her sixth drunk driving charge after she was caught speeding and driving erratically through Wauwatosa.
Consuelo Ehmke was charged Tuesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with one count of sixth-offense operating while intoxicated. If convicted, she faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Saturday, a Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy was travelling southbound on Highway 45 near West North Avenue during a heavy downpour when Ehmke came past doing 70 to 75 miles per hour, then slammed on her brakes once she got about two car lengths in front of the squad.
The deputy followed Ehmke as she continued to drive erratically and switch lanes without signaling before she eventually exited from I-94 at South 70th Street by crossing two solid white lines.
The deputy pulled Ehmke over, and she told him she had stopped drinking three hours before driving. She still smelled of alcohol, though, andfailed field sobriety tests. She had a blood alcohol level of 0.182, which is more than twice the legal limit to drive in Wisconsin.
She was previously convicted of OWI in 1992, 1994, 1999, 2003 and 2010. She’s currently being held in Milwaukee County Jail on $2,500 bond.