Woman charged with third OWI after toxicology shows meth use

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A Monona woman is facing a felony charge following a December arrest in Portage for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated as a third offense.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Sarah Scholl, 37, on Monday after receiving toxicology results from the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, showing the alleged presence of amphetamine and methamphetamine.

The Portage Police Department received an anonymous report of a suspicious driver just before 7 p.m. Dec. 8. An officer stopped Scholl as she was parking at the Walgreens parking lot on New Pinery Road.

When the officer asked about damage to her vehicle, Scholl reportedly said her dog must have hit the gear shift and caused the vehicle to hit a pole or something near O’Reilly Auto Parts or Tim’s Ministorage.

While they were talking, the officer noted she seemed to be clenching her face, having muscle spasms and her hands were fluttering while she had balance issues.

She was placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a vehicle while drugged, driving with a revoked driver’s license, failure to install an ignition interlock and two counts of felony bail jumping.

On April 4, Scholl was convicted in two felony cases and entered a plea of no contest to charges of possession of methamphetamine and felony bail jumping from incidents on Jan. 5 and Jan. 17. At her sentencing hearing, Scholl was given a withheld sentence and three years of probation, contingent on 60 days in jail, which she is currently serving.

In her current case, if convicted, she faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 45 days in jail and maximum of one year in jail for operating a vehicle while intoxicated as a third offense, with up to two additional years for being a repeated offense.

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