By NIKKI YOUNK
FLORENCE, Wis. - A Menasha, Wis. man has been charged with felony drunk driving following a rollover accident in Tipler, Wis. on Aug. 10.
Daniel J. Springer, 55, faces one felony count of operating while intoxicated-eighth offense.
If convicted, he could spend up to 10 years in prison.
Springer is scheduled for a preliminary examination in Florence County Court on Aug. 27.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, deputies from the Florence County Sheriff's Department responded to an accident on State Highway 139 near Sach's Rendezvous bar.
Deputies reported that they could not immediately find anyone in or around the vehicle. They later discovered a man, identified as Springer, sitting on a log in the woods to the side of the road.
Springer allegedly told deputies that a woman he met at a Long Lake, Wis. bar was driving him home in his vehicle when she suddenly ordered him out of the vehicle and drove away.
The complaint states that Springer further told deputies that he walked along the road for hours then decided to sleep in the woods for awhile.
He denied having any knowledge that his vehicle had been in an accident right across the road from where he was sitting in the woods.
Due to an odor of alcohol on Springer's breath and the deputies' belief that he changed his story several times during questioning, deputies arrested Springer for operating while intoxicated.
According to the complaint, Springer changed his story once more while talking on the phone to family members at the Florence County Jail.
He allegedly claimed that a man was driving his truck and got into an accident when he swerved to miss a deer.
Since Springer has seven past operating while intoxicated convictions; from Winnebago County in 1989, Calumet County in 1991, 1992, and two in 1996, in Outagamie County in 1996, and Winnebago County in 2005; this incident would be his eighth offense.
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