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Would-be deer hunter busted for drunken driving

November 28, 2011

From SheboyganPress.com

A 39-year-old man supposedly headed out deer hunting in the middle of the night instead landed in jail Sunday after driving drunk, then kicking out the window of the squad car in an attempt to escape, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

Travis W. Ebert, of N8802 Range Line Road in Cleveland, is charged with third-offense operating while intoxicated, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors. The charges carry a maximum combined penalty of two years in jail.

According to the complaint:

A citizen contacted police about 2:30 a.m. Sunday to report Ebert had been drinking heavily before driving away from a house in the Town of Sheboygan.
The caller said Ebert stated he was going to pick up his 12-year-old son and go deer hunting.

A sheriff’s deputy located Ebert’s car and pulled him over after seeing the car cross the centerline. Ebert came to a stop in the middle of the road. He then failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody, complaining that the deputy ruined his life and that he just wanted to take his son hunting.

While driving away with Ebert, the sheriff’s deputy heard two thumps and looked back to see Ebert had kicked out a rear window and was attempting to climb out.

The deputy pulled over quickly, and Ebert then crawled out of the car and attempted to roll into the ditch.

Ebert stopped when the deputy got out and suddenly began to kick and flail his arms, claiming he was hurt. Paramedics were called to the scene, but Ebert refused treatment on the scene and at the hospital.

Ebert also resisted attempts to draw blood as evidence of the drunken driving and claimed to doctors that he had fallen out while the car was traveling 65 mph.

Doctors noted he had no injuries consistent with that kind of fall.

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