A six-month jail term is the sentence for a 7th Offense Drunk Driving in Waupaca County, reduced to a 5th Offense for sentencing n Wednesday. 71 year-old Duane A. Wehe of Manawa was arrested in October 2013 in Manawa, drivng with a 0.246 blood alcohol concentration.
According to court records, Wehe already had six prior drunk driving convictions from 1991-2006. The first two of those convictions were from Walworth County in the early 90’s, and court records indicate that he was not represented by counsel in those cases. Wehe’s defense attorney cited case law, arguing those two convictions should not be counted for yesterday’s sentencing in Waupaca County Court. The prosecutor stipulated to that, so Wehe was sentenced on a 5th Offense, still a felony. He was ordered to spend six months in jail, with good time, and was ordered to pay $1550 in fines and costs. Plus his license was revoked for two years, and he was ordered to install an ignition interlock device for one year.
The maximum sentence allowed for a 5th offense is six years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.