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Man guilty of driving ice cream truck while drunk

by Rob Ireland

September 13, 2012

A 45-year-old man who was driving an ice cream truck drunk at a campground in May was sentenced to three years of probation.

Police arrested Charles G. Stephan, who is now in prison, 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. A Walworth County Sheriff's deputy was able to locate the vehicle.

Stephan is currently incarcerated on an unrelated charge at the Dodge Correctional Institute. He is scheduled to be released on July 14, 2014, and he is under supervision until July 16, 2019.

In 2008, Stephan was convicted of robbery with the use of force.

His three-year probation sentence, which is running consecutive to his prison term, also includes 360 days in jail with work release privileges.

He must complete 50 hours of community service and pay $1,500 in fees.

According to the criminal complaint:

After police located the ice cream truck, the driver, identified as Stephan, told the deputy that he was looking for his camp site.

The deputy could smell intoxicants on Stephan's breath, and his speech was reportedly slurred.

Stephan has three prior drunken driving convictions with violations on 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.