Marsh returns to court, again
A man out on bail for a third OWI charge was arrested again after he crashed his motorcycle during a police chase.
Robert W. Marsh, 48, New London, is charged with another drunken driving offense, fleeing an officer and four counts of felony bail jumping.
If he is convicted of both drunken driving charges, it will be Marsh’s fourth offense.
Shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, New London Police Officer Earl Ruckdashel observed a black Harley-Davidson motorcycle southbound on Shawano Street near North Water Street. Ruckdashel recognized the driver as Marsh, whose license is revoked.
Ruckdashel activated his emergency lights in order to make a traffic stop.
According to the criminal complaint, Marsh crossed the Shawano Street bridge, then turned west onto Wolf River Avenue, then turned south on Oshkosh Street, where he jumped the curb and rode up on the sidewalk before returning to the road.
Marsh reportedly reached speeds of 50-60 mph and ran four stop signs before turning west onto Beckert.
At the intersection of Beckert and Pershing roads, near New London High School, Marsh lost control and was thrown from his motorcycle.
Due to Marsh’s injuries, Ruckdashel was unable to perform field sobriety tests at the scene. After Marsh was released from the hospital, a preliminary breath test at the jail shortly after 5:30 a.m. indicated he had 0.083 blood-alcohol level.
On April 29, 2014, Marsh appeared in Waupaca County court and was charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. He was released from custody on a $3,000 signature bond with the condition that he not consume any alcohol or commit any crimes.
On Nov. 21, 2014, Marsh was charged with a third OWI and released on a $500 signature bond with the same conditions.
On Dec. 19, 2014, Marsh was charged with resisting an officer, marijuana possession and bail jumping and released on a $5,000 signature bond with the same conditions.
On May 14, Marsh was charged with felony bail jumping and criminal damage to property. He was released from custody after posting a $1,000 cash bond. Conditions of his bond included that he maintain absolute sobriety.
On Oct. 14, Judge Philip Kirk set a $2,000 cash bond, and Marsh remained in custody until Kirk amended it to a $5,000 signature bond on Oct. 20. Conditions of his release include maintaining absolute sobriety and complying with the SoberLink alcohol monitoring program.