Minnesota man arrested for second OWI, child in vehicle

POLK COUNTY— A 28-year-old Minnesota man was arrested for his second OWI offense with a child in the vehicle under the age of 16  on Saturday, Jan. 6, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.
The arrest occurred at approximately 2:32 p.m. when the state patrol received a report of a crash with injuries at Hwy. 46 and 35th Avenue.
According to the state patrol, George James Sleva, 28, of Taylors Falls, Minn., was eastbound on 35th Avenue with a Chevrolet Cobalt and slid through the stop sign colliding with a northbound Ford Escape on Hwy. 46 operated by Judy Ann Schwartzbauer, 52, Amery. Sleva was accompanied by Melissa Lee Riehle, 36, Eau Claire and a 15-year-old passenger.
Riehle received non life-threatening injuries and was treated at Amery Hospital.
Sleva had an odor of an intoxicant on his breath. Sleva was field tested and arrested for OWI, second offense with a minor in the vehicle. An evidentiary blood test was obtained from Sleva and he was transported to Polk County Jail and incarcerated.
Schwartzbauer and a 12-year-old passenger in her vehicle were transported to Amery and treated fornon-life threatening injuries.
Amery Fire Department, Amery Ambulance, Amery Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene. The state patrol notes that according to the state Supreme court a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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