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c. Preliminary breath test

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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State v. Raylene A. Brinkmeier, 2013AP15-CR, District 4, 8/1/13; court of appeals decision (1-judge; ineligible for publication); case activity The police had probable cause under § 343.303 to request Brinkmeier to submit to a preliminary breath test (PBT): ¶13     Contrary to Brinkmeier’s argument, the evidence supporting probable cause in this appeal does not differ… Read More

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Village of Muscoda v. Samuel R. Anderson, 2012AP2216, District 4, 5/16/13; court of appeals decision (1-judge, ineligible for publication); case activity Police had probable cause to administer a PBT where: the officer noticed an odor of intoxicants emanating from Anderson or his vehicle; Anderson had bloodshot eyes and slightly slurred speech and admitted he had… Read More

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OWI – probable cause to administer PBT

State v. Travis M. Ranta, 2012AP1663, District 4 (1-judge, ineligible for publication); case activity Police were called to a campsite where the defendant admitted to drinking with underage individuals.  An hour later, another officer was called to the same site, where he observed the defendant behaving in a “belligerent, uncooperative [and] loud” manner.  A PBT… Read More

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OWI – probable cause to administer PBT

Dane County v. Steven D. Koehn, 2012AP1718, District 4, 1/10/13 Court of appeals decision (1 judge; ineligible for publication); case activity Motion to suppress evidence of intoxication properly denied because arresting officer had probable cause to administer a preliminary breath test. The court of appeals rejects Koehn’s claims that the officer’s failure to testify about… Read More

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Winnebago County v. Anastasia G. Christenson, 2012AP1189, District 2, 10/31/12 court of appeals decision (1-judge, ineligible for publication); case activity Probable Cause – PBT, § 343.303 ¶11      At the time Putzer administered the PBT to Christenson, he was aware that she had driven her car into a ditch, smelled of “intoxicating beverages” around midnight on Saturday… Read More

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State v. Marilee F. Devries, 2012 WI App 119 (recommended for publication); case activity Devries’ probation agent, after detecting alcohol on her breath during a visit at the probation office, had a law enforcement officer administer a preliminary breath test. One thing led to another and she was convicted of OWI. She challenges the PBT… Read More

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State v. Christopher J. Felton, 2012 WI App 114 (recommended for publication); case activity Search & Seizure – PBT – Probable Cause  Notwithstanding that Felton passed field sobriety tests, probable cause existed to administer a preliminary breath test. ¶8        This section does not require that the officer have probable cause to arrest a driver for drunk… Read More

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