Wisconsin man sent to prison for 5th OWI

By EVAN REID

Staff Writer

FLORENCE, Wis. – An Elk Grove, Wis. man accused of a fifth drunk driving offense entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to prison time in Florence County Court on Tuesday.

Michael Haberkorn, 44, pleaded guilty to one felony count of operating while intoxicated – 5th offense. A second felony count of operating with prohibited alcohol concentration was dismissed.

Haberkorn was sentenced to four years in prison, with two years initial confinement and two years of extended supervision. He received credit for 66 days already served.

Haberkorn was also ordered to undergo alcohol and drug assessment and pay $3,500 in fines and court costs.

Judge Leon D. Stenz said that he considered Haberkorn’s previous convictions, as well as an outstanding warrant and pending charges in Illinois, before determining that he had an alcohol problem and posed a significant danger to the public.

While under extended supervision, Haberkorn must follow recommendations of the alcohol and drug assessment, attend one Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meeting per week, and maintain full time employment. He may not consume or possess alcohol or enter any taverns or bars.

In addition, his driver’s license was revoked for 36 months and an ignition interlock device must be placed on all vehicles in his name for 36 months, commencing the date any license is issued to him.

According to the incident report from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, Haberkorn was arrested in Florence on Jan. 19 after deputies discovered him passed out in the driver’s seat of his vehicle while the engine was running.

Haberkorn’s vehicle was found parked at the bottom of a steep, ice-covered driveway. The vehicle was apparently unable to negotiate the hill and exit the driveway, the report states.

Evan Reid’s e-mail address is ereid@ironmountaindailynews.com.