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Man gets prison for fifth drunken driving offense

March 04, 2014 | 02:48 PM
A Pell Lake man was sentenced to more than three years in prison on Feb. 18 for fifth-offense drunken driving, bail jumping and violating a restraining order.

Since 2012, the Walworth County District Attorney’s office filed four different criminal complaints against Clinton H. St. Onge, 41, W811 Myrtle Road.

The first complaint was for fifth-offense drunken driving.

A jury found St. Onge guilty of this charge in October, and, on Feb. 18, Judge David Reddy sentenced him to two years in prison and three years of extended supervision for that Crime. He also was ordered to pay $2,400 in fines and have his driver’s license revoked for the next three years.

The same jury found St. Onge guilty of three misdemeanor charges — violating a domestic abuse injunction, disorderly conduct and resisting or obstructing an officer. Reddy’s sentences for these charges were concurrent to the drunken driving charges.

For the third criminal complaint, St. Onge pleaded guilty on Feb. 5 to four felony bail jumping charges and a misdemeanor charge of violating a domestic abuse order. His sentence for these charges is also concurrent to his drunken driving charges.

For the fourth criminal complaint, St. Onge pleaded guilty Feb. 5 to a felony bail jumping charge and a misdemeanor charge of violating a domestic abuse order. Reddy sentenced St. Onge to an additional one year in prison and one year of extended supervision for the bail jumping charge. He also was sentenced to an additional nine months for the misdemeanor charge.

St. Onge also has charges pending in Kenosha County and is scheduled on March 5 for a final pretrial hearing.

In Kenosha County, St. Onge faces felony charges of threatening to injure someone or accusing them of a Crime, criminal damage to property in an amount greater than $2,500 and two counts of felony bail jumping.

He also faces misdemeanor charges of bail jumping and unlawful use of a telephone.

According to the criminal complaint on the June 2 bail jumping charge:

On June 2 at 2:14 a.m., police were dispatched to Myrtle Road after receiving a report that St. Onge may be at the home, which is a violation of his bond.

Police located St. Onge in the home.

According to the criminal complaint on the May 18 bail jumping charge:

Police responded to a home in Pell Lake after receiving a 911 call about a child in medical distress. When police arrived St. Onge opened the door and allowed police inside the home.

The officer reports that the child didn’t appear to be in medical distress. The child was evaluated by emergency responders, and the responders reported that the girl wasn’t in medical distress.

The officer could smell a strong odor of intoxicants on St. Onge, and a portable breathalyzer test showed that his blood alcohol level was 0.11.

At the time police were called to the home, St. Onge was free from custody on a bond that prohibited him from going to the Pell Lake home, having contact with two of the people that were there and from consuming alcohol.

According to the criminal complaint on the drunken driving charge:

On April 11, at 2:37 a.m., St. Onge was arrested on Myrtle Road near Chicago Drive.

The officer could smell intoxicants on his breath. St. Onge also had bloodshot eyes, his speech was slurred and he was unstable while walking.

He admitted to the officer that he consumed alcohol but refused to take field sobriety tests or a portable Breathalyzer test. St. Onge has previous drunken driving convictions for offenses that occurred Sept. 7, 1990, July 11, 1993, June 24, 1994, and April 1, 2000.


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