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Circuit court’s finding of refusal upheld

State v. Derek V. Schroth, 2021AP733, District 2, 8/25/21 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs)

Schroth challenges the probable cause to arrest him for OWI and the finding that he refused a blood draw. There were ample facts for probable cause. (¶¶3-8, 13-15). And though the arresting officer couldn’t recall whether Schroth said “no” or “something else” when asked to submit to a blood draw, the officer did testify that Schroth refused. The circuit court credited the officer’s testimony that he remembered the refusal, and that is sufficient to support its ruling that Schroth refused. (¶¶16-18).

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