An Eau Claire man will spend three years in prison for being arrested for drunken driving twice in less than six hours.
The second time, police said, Joseph Bowling returned to the Eau Claire County Jail to pick up the cellphone he had forgotten.
Bowling, 37, 510 Wagner Ave., pleaded no contest recently in Eau Claire County Court to felony counts of seventh- and eighth-offense drunken driving.
Judge William Gabler ordered Bowling to spend five years on extended supervision. As conditions of supervision, Bowling cannot drink alcohol or enter taverns.
Bowling was also fined $3,605 and had his driver’s license revoked for three years. Bowling’s sentence includes an unrelated felony conviction for sixth-offense drunken driving.
According to the criminal complaint:
An Eau Claire police officer was dispatched to an apartment complex in the 2300 block of Corona Avenue at about 8:40 p.m. April 18, 2016, in reference to a disorderly incident in progress. He was informed that Bowling had driven to that location and was outside trying to start a fight.
The officer saw a group of people standing outside and identified one of them as Bowling, who said he was there to see his daughter and denied having been in an argument with anyone.
The officer could smell a strong odor of intoxicants on Bowling’s breath and asked him how much he had to drink that day, and Bowling said he had a couple of beers. In addition, Bowling claimed he had gotten a ride to the apartment complex.
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Another woman told the officer that she had seen Bowling drive into the lot. When the officer told Bowling this, he continued to claim he had been dropped off by a friend.
Following field sobriety tests, Bowling was arrested. A preliminary breath test administered at the jail indicated his blood alcohol level was 0.138. The legal level of intoxication in Wisconsin is 0.08.
At about 2:44 a.m. the next day, two other officers stopped a vehicle driven by Bowling as it turned into the Eau Claire County Jail parking lot. They initially saw the car being driven on Skeels Avenue and Rudolph Road.
Bowling told one of the officers that he had come to the jail to get his phone. The officers then learned he had been arrested a few hours earlier for operating while intoxicated.
Bowling indicated he had been released from jail about 30 minutes earlier, and a friend had picked him up and drove him back to his car. He then realized he forgot his phone and drove to the jail to retrieve it.
Bowling told the officers he had four drinks before he was arrested earlier but had not consumed alcohol since he was released.
Officers ran him through field sobriety tests, had him take a PBT, which indicated his blood alcohol level was 0.101 and arrested him for operating while intoxicated again.