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Two face 4th OWIs

Tests show drivers were twice the legal limit

Charges were filed against two men who were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in May.

Michael J. Kaestner, 56, Antigo, and Michael W. Tauferner, 41, Marion, are each charged with a fourth offense of operating while intoxicated.

At 9:43 p.m. Saturday, May 27, dispatch alerted Clintonville Police Officer Craig Kamke of an erratic driver in a red Mustang heading southbound on U.S. Highway 45 from Knitt Road.

Kamke positioned his squad car at U.S. 45 and County Trunk C.

He observed and began following a red Mustang.

Kamke reported the Mustang was straddling the center of both southbound lanes, then drifted back and forth between the two lanes.

He made a traffic stop and identified the driver as Kaestner.

According to the criminal complaint, Kaestner had a 0.236 blood-alcohol level.

Court records indicate Kaestner was previously convicted of drunken driving in July 1991, May 2000 and July 2001.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, May 6, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Krueger was traveling southbound on U.S. 45 near Poelman Road south of Bear Creek. He clocked a northbound vehicle travelling 65 mph in a 55 mph speed zone.

Krueger made a traffic stop and identified the driver as Tauferner.

A blood test indicated Tauferner had a 0.211 blood-alcohol level.

Tauferner was previously convicted of drunken driving offenses in May 2003, July 2004 and January 2008.

Since January of this year, a fourth OWI has become a felony offense under Wisconsin law.

The defendants face up to six years in prison, $10,000 in fines and three years of license revocation if convicted. They would also be required to install an ignition interlocking device on all their vehicles at their own expense.

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