(Trenton) A Dodge County judge has issued a bench warrant for a Fox Lake man who failed to appear in court Friday for a plea hearing on his tenth Operating While Intoxicated offense. Judge Brian Pfitzinger also granted the prosecution’s request to have Daniel Kraft forfeit his $25-thousand dollar cash bond. Kraft’s attorney was in court but told the judge that he did not have knowledge of the defendants whereabouts.
According to the criminal complaint, a sheriff’s deputy responded to a vehicle runoff on New Year’s Day in the Town of Trenton near the intersection of County Road A and Point Road just after 7:30pm. When he arrived, the deputy reportedly noticed that Kraft had very slurred speech as well as glassy and bloodshot eyes.
Kraft allegedly told law enforcement that he was not the driver but two witnesses advised otherwise. The witnesses reportedly said that Kraft veered off the road on County A and into the ditch after he cut them off.
When asked how much he had to drink, Kraft allegedly said (quote) “a lot” but that it did not matter because he was not driving. He is also accused of refusing a Field Sobriety Test; he was taken to the Beaver Dam hospital for a blood draw.
Kraft racked up nine OWI convictions between 1991 and 2003. If convicted, the 58-year-old faces up to 15 years in prison.