By Ed Zagorski
JUNEAU -- Cash bond was set at $25,000 for a Mayville man charged with his seventh OWI offense. Gregory Cundy, 55, made his initial appearance Wednesday in Dodge County Circuit Court on charges stemming from an incident on Tuesday.
According to the criminal complaint, a Mayville police officer responded just after 9:30 p.m. to the area of Allen and South Main streets. A witness observed a vehicle back up into a parked car, then drive off. The person also witnessed the vehicle's license plate, which was reportedly registered to Cundy. When police questioned Cundy, he denied the accusations and said he was at home sleeping at the time of the accident.
During their interactions, officers could smell a strong odor of intoxicants, slurred speech and that Cundy's eyes were bloodshot. Cundy was transported back to the scene of the crime where the witness allegedly identified him as the perpetrator, the complaint states.
The 55-year-old refused to take standardized field sobriety tests or submit to a blood draw but a preliminary breath test taken at the jail reportedly returned a reading of .147. Cundy has OWI offenses dating back to 1991 and as recent as 2005.
If convicted of this latest charge, Cundy faces a $25,000 fine and no more than 12 1/2 years in prison.
Cundy was ordered not to operate a motor vehicle without permission from this court. The defendant shall not consume alcohol or other intoxicants. He must maintain absolute sobriety and can't go on the premises of any establishment whose primary business activity involves the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages, including bars, taverns, liquor stores and beer tents.
A Dodge County Circuit Court judge will decide Wednesday if there is enough evidence to order a trial.