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Ice cream truck driver arrested for drunken driving

June 12, 2012 | 04:59 PM
A 44-year-old man faces a fourth-offense drunken driving charge after he allegedly drove an ice cream truck at a campground while intoxicated.

Police arrested Charles G. Stephan, who is now incarcerated, after receiving calls of an ice cream truck in the Meadowlark Campground in Lyons traveling at a high-rate of speed and honking its horn.

The call came in May 27 at about 3 a.m., and a Walworth County Sheriff's deputy was able to locate the vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint, the driver, who was identified as Stephan, told the deputy that he was looking for his camp site.

The deputy could smell a strong odor of intoxicants emitting from Stephan's breath and his speech was reportedly slurred.

Stephan has three prior drunken driving convictions with violation dates of Jan. 22, 1994; Feb. 17, 2007; and Jan. 6, 2008.

For his last drunken driving conviction, Stephan was sentenced March 19, 2008, to 90 days in jail with work release privileges.

However, that is not the limit to Stephan's legal problems.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections website, Stephan's extended supervision status has been revoked.

On Nov. 20, 2008, in Washington County, Stephan pleaded guilty to a felony charge of robbery with the use of force and was sentenced to four years in prison and five years of extended supervision.

For that offense, he has a maximum discharge date of Oct. 15, 2017.

If convicted of the fourth offense drunken driving charge, Stephan faces up to six years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.

He also faces a minimum sentence of six months imprisonment and $600 in fines.


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