UPDATE: Janesville Man Arrested For 7th OWI

A Janesville man is arrested for his 7th OWI after allegedly leaving a traffic accident.

Terence Rittenhouse

UPDATED Thursday, December 13, 2012 --- 10:50 a.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- A Janesville man has been arrested on suspicion of his seventh drunken-driving charge.

The Rock County sheriff's office says the 45-year-old man was speeding early Wednesday morning. The man allegedly crossed the center line and nearly hit a deputy's squad car.

When the deputy stopped him the deputy noticed the man's car had heavy front-end damage and the man had fresh facial injuries from an earlier accident. A mugshot shows the man with cuts on his scalp and on his forehead above his left eye.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment and then arrested. He is due in court on Thursday.

Deputies weren't able to find the scene of his earlier accident.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 -- 5:47 a.m.

From Rock County Sheriff's Department:

On 12-12-12 at about 4:11am a Deputy from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office arrested Terence Rittenhouse, 45 years of age, from Janesville, WI for 7th Offense felony Operating Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

The Deputy initiated the traffic stop on Rittenhouse as he was driving in the area of S. CTH D and W. Hanover Rd. The Deputy clocked Rittenhouse’s vehicle speeding, and Rittenhouse also drove his vehicle across the centerline, almost hitting the Deputy’s squad. The Deputy stopped the vehicle Rittenhouse was driving, and observed that Rittenhouse’s vehicle had heavy front-end damage. Upon making contact with Rittenhouse the Deputy saw that Rittenhouse had facial injuries from the traffic accident. The Deputy also detected an odor of intoxicants on Rittenhouse’s breath. Janesville Fire and EMS transported Rittenhouse to Mercy Hospital, to have his injuries treated. Rittenhouse was subsequently arrested for 7th Offense OWI, Operating left of center and for Speeding. Rittenhouse was admitted for observation at Mercy Hospital and later released and transported to the Rock County Jail where he was held for court on December 13th. The scene of the accident was not located.

Pursuant to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicity, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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