CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Chippewa Falls man who was arrested for drunk driving in December 2017 in the town of Wheaton will serve one year in jail after being convicted of his fifth OWI.
Justin T. Runowski, 30, 1410 Eagle St., was sentenced Wednesday in Chippewa County Court.
Judge Steve Cray ordered the jail sentence, but gave Runowski Huber work release privileges. Runowski must pay $2,277 in court costs and his driver’s license will be revoked for 33 months. Runowski also will be probation for three years.
Court records show he had a .290 blood-alcohol level when arrested, which is more than three times the legal limit.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called to the area on Highway X/River Street, just outside city limits in the town of Wheaton on Dec. 15, 2017, because Runowski’s car had become disabled, partially in the lane of traffic, with both passenger tires “completely destroyed” and off the rims. It appears that Runowski hit something or over-corrected, causing the damage to his car. Officers observed signs of alcohol use and arrested Runowski.
Online court records show Runowski was convicted of his fourth drunk-driving offense in Eau Claire County Court in 2014.