A Lac du Flambeau man was convicted of a ninth offense operating while intoxicated (OWI) and issued a prison sentence in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.
Edmond LaBarge, 53, was arrested in January following an attempt by an officer to assist him from having his truck stuck in the snow off Little Pines Road. LaBarge reportedly became combative when approached and was found to be intoxicated, still resisting arrest despite being tased and pepper-sprayed, according to court reports.
Represented by attorney Maggie Hogan, LaBarge entered no contest pleas to OWI (7th, 8th or 9th) and resisting or obstructing an officer before Judge Neal Nielsen. Dismissed on the prosecutor’s motion were battery to an officer, resisting or obstructing an officer and operating with a prohibited blood alcohol level (7th, 8th or 9th offense).
Nielsen sentenced LaBarge to seven years in the Wisconsin State Prison system, comprised of three years initial confinement and four years extended supervision. He also must pay fines and costs of $2,450, not have a driver’s license for three years, undergo a drug and alcohol assessment and comply with any treatment recommendations, maintain sobriety, not possess or consume intoxicants and not enter taverns. He also will have vehicle restrictions.