(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $50-thousand dollars for a Beaver Dam man arrested on Monday for his eleventh drunken driving offense. Michael Clevenger made his initial appearance via video Tuesday on one felony charge of Operating While Intoxicated Tenth Offense or More. Beaver Dam police pulled over Clevenger’s vehicle 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 and incomprehensible. When asked to provide proof of insurance, he allegedly handed the officer a 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 but an 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. A judge will decide next week if there is enough evidence to order a trial.
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