Beaver Dam Man Arraigned For Eleventh OWI

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man was arraigned Wednesday for his eleventh drunken driving offense. Michael Clevenger entered a not guilty plea to one felony charge of Operating While Intoxicated Tenth Offense or more. Beaver Dam police pulled over Clevenger’s vehicle in January for reportedly passing through a red light at Park and North University avenues. When officers approached the car, they noticed Clevenger’s eyes were allegedly glossy, bloodshot and half open. When speaking with police, prosecutors say Clevenger’s words were slurred. When asked to provide proof of insurance, he allegedly handed the officer an old traffic citation and a job application for Ho Chunk Casino. Clevenger consented to a field sobriety test but officers ended it when the suspect was apparently unable to stand without support. The 59-year-old refused to take a preliminary breath test at the scene so a search warrant was issued and a blood draw was later taken. He has OWI offenses dating back to 1990 and with his most recent coming in 2011. If convicted in this case, Clevenger is facing up to 15 years in prison.