(Mayville) A Mayville man charged with running from police while under the influence made his initial appearance in a Dodge County courtroom on Monday. Robert Seeley is facing a felony count of Fleeing as well as misdemeanor charges of OWI Second Offense and Operating with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration Second Offense.
During the early morning hours on February 5th, a Mayville police officer allegedly observed Seeley commit a stop sign violation at the intersection of Dayton and John Street then sped away. The vehicle was reportedly clocked at going 60-miles-per-hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone, eventually reaching speeds of 75-to-80-miles-per-hour. A pursuit that lasted roughly a half-mile ended when Seeley’s vehicle crashed into an embankment, knocking over a telephone pole and street sign.
When questioned, officers allegedly noticed an odor of intoxicants and that Seeley had bloodshot eyes. When asked where he was prior to the crash Seeley reportedly answered with (quote) “I’m good” and “I’m okay.” Police allegedly observed the vehicle at an area bar earlier that evening. One of the giveaways cited in the criminal complaint was recognizable decals and stickers, one of which read “High Speed Pursuit Training Vehicle.”
Seeley was transported to a hospital were a blood draw was taken which reportedly returned a result of point-one-zero-four-percent (.104). If convicted, the 39-year-old faces over three-and-a-half-years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a judge will decide next month if there is enough evidence to order a trial.