February 15, 2013 | 12:05 PMAfter crashing his vehicle into a pole, a Pell Lake man faces his ninth drunken driving offense.
If convicted, Bruno C. Moelter, 55, N1333 Clover Road, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines.
The charge carries a minimum penalty of three years imprisonment.
His last drunken-driving conviction was for an offense that occurred on May 18, 2000. He was convicted of operating while intoxicated with a minor passenger.
On Feb. 9, 2001, he was sentenced to five years in a state prison. His driver's license was revoked for three years.
On Feb. 9, 2001, he also was found guilty of operating under the influence of an intoxicant for an offense that occurred May 4, 2000.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Feb. 9 at 5:45 p.m., police reported that Moelter crashed into a pole on Highway H north of Fellows Road.
Witnesses told police that Moelter was all over the road, and was very drowsy and having a hard time staying awake. When police arrived on the scene, they observed Moelter's eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred and he was unable to walk or stand straight.
The officer also reports that Moelter was slow in answering questions, paused between questions and was unable to follow directions.
Moelter's previous convictions were for offenses that occurred Jan. 15, 1990; Jan. 19, 1993; April 17, 1993; Feb. 26, 1994; Aug. 3, 1998; Dec. 31, 1999; May 4, 2000 and May 18, 2000.