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Rhinelander man waives prelim, probable cause found in 9th OWI

November 01, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick


A Rhinelander man answered to a charge of 9th operating while intoxicated (OWI) this week in Vilas County Circuit Court before Judge Neal Nielsen. 

Steven Lombard, 44, has been in custody since after his arrest. Monday, Lombard pled to contest with public defender Attorney Courtney Christine Jolin representing him. 

Vilas County District Attorney Martha Johanna Milanowski, was prosecuting for the state.

Nielsen found Lombard guilty and imposed a decade of Wisconsin State Prison on the man, including five years initial confinement followed by five years extended supervision. As part of his sentence, Lombard must continue alcohol and drug counseling as well as any other counseling deemed appropriate during that time. He must maintain absolute sobriety, pay fines and costs of more than $500. Lombard’s driver’s license also was revoked for several years. He is eligible for the Challenge Incarceration Program after three years served. 

Lombard’s sentence will run concurrently to a sentence he is already serving — operating while intoxicated as well as hit and run. 

Lombard has prior convictions in Oneida, Fond du Lac, Marathon, Dodge and Washington counties. 

In Vilas, Lombard crashed his car in fall 2018 on State Highway 155 near South Lost Lake Drive in St. Germain. The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department and St. Germain Fire and Rescue were called to the scene. Lombard had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken to Howard Young Hospital due to injuries. 

The responding deputy noted Lombard was on probation for an 8th OWI offense and under driving restrictions. At the hospital, the deputy noted a heavy odor of intoxicants from the driver and questioned Lombard as to if he’d been drinking and to his quantity of alcohol that evening — to which he agreed he’d been drinking and apologized for. 

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