Driver charged with 10th OWI
Crashes into two parked cars
Mark R. Bellin, 55, New London, is charged with a 10th drunken driving offense and disorderly conduct.
He is currently in custody on a $100,000 cash bond.
Shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Waupaca County Deputies Tyler Guyette and Adam LaBrosse responded to a reported crash on Ferry Street in the town of Mukwa.
When Guyette arrived, he found two witnesses holding Bellin. They said he was trying to leave the scene.
According to the criminal complaint, Bellin drove into two parked cars and nearly hit two people who were snowblowing their driveways. He also drove into a front yard before becoming stuck in a snow bank.
“The defendant’s speech was extremely slurred and his eyes were bloodshot and glossy,” the complaint says.
A records check indicated that a heavily damaged Chevy Malibu stuck in the snow was registered to Bellin, whose license was suspended. He also had nine prior OWI convictions, dating back to 1989.
One witness told LaBrosse that Bellin had said he wanted them to wait until morning to call the police because he was on parole and not supposed to be driving.
Bellin allegedly threatened to kill the witness once he was released from prison if he called 911.
Since 1992, Bellin has been sentenced to prison multiple times for a total of nearly 11 years.