Erratic driving leads to felony charge
Officers arrested a man on drug and alcohol charges after he drove in the wrong lane and forced oncoming traffic off the road.
Juan Carlos Ibarra-Guzman, 26, Milwaukee, was charged with fleeing an officer, felony possession of marijuana and a second drunken driving offense.
Shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday, July 4, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Strobusch was advised of a report that a southbound silver car was swerving all over the road on County Trunk X near Behnke Road in Mukwa.
Strobusch caught up with a 2007 Subaru and found it was traveling in the wrong lane. He reported that the southbound car nearly struck a guardrail and was going back and forth between the gravel shoulder and the northbound lane.
Although Strobusch activated his emergency lights, the vehicle did not stop.
According to the criminal complaint, Strobusch saw an approaching northbound car that pulled off the road to avoid a collision, but the southbound car drifted across the fog line and nearly hit it.
Weyauwega Police Officer Adam Rogge responded by parking his squad car across the northbound lane in the path of the oncoming southbound car. He was able to force the car into the correct lane, but it still did not stop.
Strobusch then pulled alongside the car and guided it to the shoulder where it slowly came to a stop near Slough Road in Weyauwega.
The driver was identified as Ibarra-Guzman, who was convicted of drunken driving in February 2010 and of possession of marijuana in March 2012 in Milwaukee County.
The officers reported finding a small amount of marijuana in his vehicle.
A blood test indicated Ibarra-Gusman had a 0.198 blood-alcohol level, the complaint says.