Man accused of being impaired when he hit car, injured woman

West Bend resident faces OWI charges after slamming into car in Port

By BILL SCHANEN IV

Ozaukee Press staff

A 29-year-old driver whose license was revoked because of an earlier driving while intoxicated conviction is charged with being impaired when he smashed head-on last week into another car while driving in the wrong lane in Port Washington.

A woman who was riding with her husband and 3-year-old grandson in the car that was hit suffered significant bruising and scrapes to both of her knees.

West Bend resident Alexander N. Spiros is charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with operating a vehicle while under the influence causing injury, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of third-offense operating a vehicle while under the influence, operating a vehicle without a driver’s license and violating a court order to install an ignition interlock device on his vehicle.

According to a criminal complaint, Port Washington police officer Eric Leet responded to the accident at the intersection of South Wisconsin Street and West Chestnut Street and was told by the man driving the car that was hit that he, his wife and their grandson were southbound on Wisconsin Street when he turned right onto Chestnut and was hit head on by a vehicle driving east in the wrong lane.

The man told Leet that the other driver, later identified as Spiros, didn’t slow down or attempt in any other way to avoid the crash.

The man also said he believed Spiros was impaired because he was walking unsteadily after the accident.

When Leet spoke to him, Spiros said, “A car came out of nowhere and I hit it,” the complaint states.

Leet noted that Spiros’ speech was extremely thick, he was lethargic and seemingly on the verge of falling asleep and had noticeably poor balance, swaying back and forth and front to back and needing to brace himself on his vehicle, according to the complaint.

When Leet asked Spiros if he had been drinking, he said no, he doesn’t drink.

Spiros did poorly on field sobriety tests and was unable to complete a gaze test because he couldn’t keep his eyes open and head still, the complaint states.

Spiros refused to consent to a blood test, but a sample was taken after a search warrant was obtained.

Spiros was convicted of operating while intoxicated and possession of narcotic drugs in 2017 and 2018 in Washington County.

Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams set Spiros’ bail at $1,000 during a hearing last week.

 

 

 

 

 

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