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Minnesota man faces 11th charge of driving while intoxicated

Richard Ellenberger

SUPERIOR, Wis. - A Minnesota man accused of driving while intoxicated for an 11th time waived his preliminary hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court on April 17.

Richard Allen Ellenberger, 51, of Mountain Iron, faces felony counts of 11th offense operating while intoxicated, attempting to flee an officer, repeater possession of methamphetamine and repeater possession of marijuana. Cash bail of $10,000 was set for Ellenberger, who remained in custody in the Douglas County Jail on Thursday, April 25.

According to the criminal complaint, on April 10, a Superior police officer observed a vehicle failing to stop for a stop sign and nearly causing an accident while turning. The driver and sole occupant stopped in the parking lane and waved at the officer to pass.

When the officer initiated a traffic stop, the vehicle sped off. When the pursuit ended, the driver, identified as Ellenberger, climbed over to the passenger door and got out. He would not follow commands, but the officer was able to detain him.

Ellenberger has 10 prior operating while intoxicated convictions from Minnesota, the most recent in 2011.

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