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Woman sentenced for OWI with infant in car

posted Jan. 11, 2017 12:20 a.m. | updated Jan. 11, 2017 12:24 a.m. (CDT)
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by / Chris Vetter. bio | email

CHIPPEWA FALLS — An Eau Claire woman who was sentenced to five years in prison in June for a variety of drug and retail theft crimes was convicted Tuesday of driving drunk in April with a 7-month-old child in her car.

Elyse E. Alix, 30, 1203 Boulevard Place, pleaded no contest in Chippewa County Court to operating while intoxicated-fourth offense and two counts of retail theft.

Judge James Isaacson ordered one year of prison, but he made it concurrent to the sentence Alix is already serving at Taycheedah Correctional Institution in Fond du Lac.

According to the criminal complaint, a Chippewa Falls police officer observed Alix’s car moving erratically at 10:04 p.m. April 6, 2016, near 212 Bay St. in downtown Chippewa Falls. When the officer stopped her, he saw the 7-month-old child in the car. A preliminary breath test showed she had a 0.244 blood alcohol level, three times the legal limit.

Isaacson placed Alix on probation for three years and ordered her to serve 250 hours of community service. Alix’s driver’s license is revoked for 33 months, and she must install ignition interlock. She also must pay $2,253 in court costs on the drunken driving conviction, $518 each on the two retail theft convictions, and about $1,400 in restitution and fees to Wal-Mart and Shopko.

Alix was convicted in March 2016 of her third drunken driving offense, stemming from a June 2015 arrest. She also was convicted in 2015 in Eau Claire County of possession of methamphetamine and delivery of meth, which resulted in the prison sentence.

“She went through a troubled period of time,” defense attorney Fran Rivard told Isaacson before the sentencing. “I don’t think any additional sentence of time would serve any purpose.”

Isaacson followed the attorneys’ recommendation, telling Alix that Taycheedah, an all-women’s prison, is the best place for her.

“I wish I could paint a better picture for you in these matters,” Isaacson told Alix. “They have better rehabilitation than anywhere else in the state.”

Contact: 715-723-0303, chris.vetter@ecpc.com