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Eau Claire woman sentenced to prison for 9th OWI

Driver found guilty of 9th offense after hit-and-run crash

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An Eau Claire woman will spend four years in prison for drunken driving for the ninth time following a hit-and-run crash in Eau Claire County.

Leslie K. Thurston, 48, pleaded guilty recently in Eau Claire County Court to a felony count of ninth-offense drunken driving.

Judge Michael Schumacher ordered Thurston to spend five years on extended supervision following her release from prison.

Schumacher fined Thurston $1,854 and revoked her driver’s license for three years.

As conditions of probation, Thurston cannot drink alcohol or enter taverns. She must undergo any programming, counseling or treatment recommended by her probation agent.

According to the criminal complaint:

Authorities were sent to the scene of a hit-and-run crash at 5:40 p.m. March 15 in the 4400 block of North Shore Drive in the town of Seymour.

A vehicle had crashed into a fence gate and left the scene.

A traffic stop was performed on the suspect vehicle about 10 minutes later on McKinley Avenue.

Thurston was the driver of the damaged vehicle.

Thurston’s speech was slurred, and she failed field sobriety tests.

A breath test showed Thurston’s blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit for driving.

Thurston was previously convicted of drunken driving in January 1990, March 2004, July 2009 and June 2013 in Washburn County, in October 1993 in Rusk County, and in June 1994, April 1997 and September 1998 in Eau Claire County. 

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com

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