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c. Preliminary breath test

State v. Michael E. Hale, 2018AP812, 11/8/18, District 1 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication) case activity (including briefs) Hale appeals the circuit court’s order that he unreasonably refused a chemical test; the only issue on appeal is whether the officer had probable cause. The court finds it unclear whether Hale means probable cause to arrest… Read More

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State v. Jesse J. Kain, 2018AP951, 10/17/18, District 2 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Kain appeals his drunk driving conviction, arguing the officer that stopped him lacked the probable cause necessary to ask him to take a preliminary breath test. (See Cty. of Jefferson v. Renz, 231 Wis. 2d 293, 316, 603 N.W.2d… Read More

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COA finds ample probable cause for PBT

State v. Jacqueline M. Datka, 2017AP1886, 4/18/18, District 2 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Datka challenges the officer’s decision to ask for a preliminary breath test after she was stopped on suspicion of OWI. She argues that various factors militated against the conclusion that she was drunk, including that she exhibited… Read More

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State v. Bradley E. Ammann, 2017AP866-CR, 12/7/17, District 4 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) A state trooper stopped Ammann for speeding as he and his wife were driving home from a wedding reception. The trooper asked Amman to exit the car and then smelled intoxicants on him. This led to field sobriety tests… Read More

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State v. Angelo M. Reynolds, 2016AP420-CR, District 4, 6/22/17 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Police had sufficient probable cause to request that Reynolds provide a preliminary breath test under § 343.303. ¶14     Deputy Schiro knew that there had been an accident, that Reynolds smelled like alcohol, that he had… Read More

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Police had probable cause to administer PBT

City of Sheboygan v. Nathan J. Becker, 2014AP1991, District 2, 2/11/15 (1-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) After police stopped Becker because of erratic driving at 11:30 p.m. on July 4 they observed additional evidence of impairment—glassy eyes, slurred speech, odor of alcohol. Becker admitted he’d been drinking and turned in a mixed performance on the FSTs. Under the… Read More

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Police had sufficient basis to request PBT

State v. Jeanmarie Carini, 2014AP526-CR, District 2, 8/27/14 (1-judge; ineligible for publication); case activity There was reasonable cause to believe Carini was driving while impaired and therefore police properly asked her to submit to a preliminary breath test. ¶9        The indicators of intoxication in Carini’s case were sufficient to establish probable cause to request a PBT. Carini inexplicably… Read More

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State v. Derek S. Strasen, 2013AP1523-CR, District 2, 1/22/14; court of appeals decision (1-judge; ineligible for publication); case activity There was no probable cause to administer an initial PBT to Strasen, who was stopped for speeding, even though he emitted a faint smell of intoxicants, had bloodshot and “glossy” eyes, and said he had been… Read More

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