A Valentine's Day traffic stop in Superior netted a local driver his 7th Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) arrest in the county. Town of Superior resident Glen Robert Larson also picked up charges for driving after revocation.

According to the arrest report issued by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the article in the Superior Telegram [paywall], Larson was pulled over after a search was issued for his vehicle:

"Deputy Spencer Severson....conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle....on East Douglas County Highway B near South Preston Road.  The dispatch center had issued an attempt to locate call for the vehicle after it was reported that the driver did not have a valid license."

When Deputy Severson located the vehicle, he observed it driving in an erratic manner - "crossing the center line into the oncoming traffic lane before making an abrupt correction". That's when officer decided to pull the vehicle over.

It became immediately apparent that the driver of the vehicle - Larson - had been drinking.  Severson smelled "an odor of intoxicants". He also "observed an open 12-ounce Hamm's beer in the cupholder that was still cold to the touch".

As the suspect was questioned, Severson noticed other signs that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. Those signs included "red, glossy eyes and....slow" speech.

Larson admitted to the officer that he had been drinking earlier. He told Severson that he had been out on a date for Valentine's Day at a Superior bar.

On-site tests were refused by the suspect. He also "refused to provide a blood sample following his arrest", so the Sheriff's Department ordered a search warrant and served it in order to perform the blood test.

Larson's preliminary court appearance was to happen on February 22. He waived this day in court and is out on a $1,000 cash bond, along with directions not to "use or possess alcohol...operate a motor vehicle...[or] frequent places whose primary purpose is serving alcohol".

The suspect faces one count of Operating While Intoxicated - his seventh offense - and one count of second-offense operating a motor vehicle while revoked. While the arresting officer noted that Larson did not have the ignition interlock installed on the vehicle, he was supposed to - but was not charged for that offense.

March 31 will be the next court appearance for Larson. If he's convicted on the charges, he "faces a maximum penalty of 12 and a half years of imprisonment and a fine up to $25,000."

In a similar case earlier this month, a Superior man was charged with his 9th OWI.

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