Florence court official cited for drunk driving


Staff Writer

FLORENCE, Wis. – The court commissioner for Florence County Court has been ticketed for drunk driving.

David J. Herrick, 68, of Florence was cited with two traffic forfeitures of operating while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration.

Forfeitures are not criminal offenses, and only result in fines.

An intake hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1 in Florence County Court.

According to the police report in the case, a Florence resident accused Herrick of almost hitting his 18-year-old son with a vehicle on Montgomery Lake Road on Aug. 26.

The resident claimed that he could smell alcohol on Herrick’s breath.

Deputies from the Florence County Sheriff’s Department went to Herrick’s residence and observed him parking his vehicle. After administering several sobriety tests and obtaining a .15 PBT reading, deputies arrested Herrick.

Florence County District Attorney Douglas Drexler confirmed that Herrick works for Florence County Court Judge Leon D. Stenz as a court commissioner, which is similar to a magistrate.

Herrick had served as district attorney for Florence County years ago.

Due to Herrick’s familiarity with Drexler and Judge Stenz, neither official will deal with Herrick’s case should he choose to fight the forfeitures, said Drexler.

The presiding official will be Judge Michael Moran of Marathon County.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.