Amery police chief arrested on suspicion of OWI

File photo of police emergency lights.
File photo.

AMERY, Wis. (AP) – The police chief of the western Wisconsin city of Amery has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports 55-year-old Thomas Marson allegedly had a blood-alcohol level at nearly twice the legal limit when he was arrested early Sunday.

The Polk County sheriff’s office says Marson’s personal vehicle went into a ditch around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, and he reportedly got a ride home.

A deputy who spoke with Marson at his home shortly after midnight smelled a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Marson failed a preliminary breath test, and a second after his arrest showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.15 percent. Wisconsin’s legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Marson did not immediately return phone and email messages from The Associated Press on Monday.

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