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COA upholds trial court’s rulings in OWI-first

County of Milwaukee v. Christann Spannraft, 2018AP1553 & 1554, 6/23/20, District 1 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including respondent’s brief)

This is a pro se appeal of an OWI-1st conviction. Spannraft raises three claims, all of which are rejected.

First, she says the court should have letter introduce evidence about the arresting officer’s administration of the roadside PBT – just not its “results,” which are barred  for any purpose other than showing probable cause by Wis. Stat. § 343.303. The court of appeals agrees with Spanncraft that the evidentiary prohibition is narrow, but it says the circuit court reasonably exercised its discretion in allowing evidence that went to Spanncraft’s medical condition while steering clear of testimony about the results. (¶¶14-17).

Spanncraft’s remaining two claims assert the trial court erred in crediting the officer’s testimony over her own. You can guess how that goes. (¶¶18-26)

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