Fifty potential jurors excused just before trial after plea entered
Becky Strabel | Staff writer
BURNETT COUNTY – Brian J. Doriott, 52, Webster, pleaded guilty to felony charges of operating while intoxicated in the Burnett County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Nov. 28. This was his fifth OWI offense and he was scheduled for a 12-person jury trial. Around 50 potential jurors were called in and went through orientation but after waiting for an hour and a half they were excused after Doriott decided to plea.
Doriott entered his plea, which was accepted by Judge Melissia Mogen, and was escorted directly to Burnett County Jail. No friends or family attended the hearing. A motion and sentencing hearing were scheduled for March 1, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. Because he will be in custody and not released for Huber, his bond was revoked and an outstanding warrant quashed.
He faces a maximum sentence of six years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000 or both. Also, Dorriot’s driver’s license will be revoked more than two years but less than three years, plus additional fines and court costs including those for the jury will be charged. All are stemming from an incident on Dec. 16, 2016, when a 911 call was received. According to the criminal complaint, the caller told the dispatcher that a drunk man came to her door and said he was lost and asked for directions to Webster.
A Burnett sheriff’s deputy responded to the intersection of Gaslyn Road and CTH X. A set of tire tracks in the snow traveling westbound on Gaslyn Road and then turning south on CTH X were found and the deputy followed the tracks and soon saw a vehicle going around 25 miles per hour in a 55 mph posted area. The deputy saw the car cross the other lane before coming to a stop and blocking the southbound lane.
Then the deputy pulled up behind the vehicle, stopped and turned on the squad car’s emergency lights. Doriott got out on the passenger side and started walking toward the deputy with his hands in his pockets and was swaying back and forth with very slurred speech. At times he was unable to follow the officer’s commands and was unable to complete field sobriety tests. Doriott stated he could not do the tests and that he was lost. He asked to be allowed to go home.
Doriott was placed under arrest and transported to the Burnett Medical Center where he consented to an evidentiary blood draw and was later taken to the Burnett County Jail and booked.