Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Alleged drunken driver faces felony bail jumping charge

August 08, 2013

A man accused of his eighth drunken-driving offense faces a felony bail jumping charge for allegedly missing a court hearing.

If convicted of the bail jumping charge, Paul B. Bernier, 54, Franklin, faces up to six years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.

The eighth-drunken driving charge carries a minimum penalty of three years in prison and a maximum of 10 years.

According to the criminal complaint on the drunken driving charge:

On Feb. 2, at about 2:41 p.m., police stopped Bernierís vehicle for driving erratically. The officer could smell alcohol on Bernier, and Bernierís speech was slurred.

Bernier has previous drunken driving convictions for arrests that occurred on Aug. 3, 2003; March 24, 2004; Nov. 4, 2004; Dec. 11, 2005; Dec. 23, 2005; Oct. 18, 2006 and Feb. 7, 2010.

According to the bail jumping charge:

Bernier was set to appear in court April 2, but he didnít.