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Man convicted in St. Croix County of eighth OWI

Jeffrey A. Cormican

St. Croix County jurors convicted a Hammond man last week of his eighth impaired driving offense.

It took the jury less than three hours June 6 to convict Jeffrey A. Cormican of all four counts, including OWI-eighth offense, which calls for a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years. The 49-year-old was also convicted of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration — a felony — and two misdemeanors, resisting an officer and operating while revoked.

Cormican was charged after a March 19, 2017, incident in the town of Hammond, where a St. Croix County sheriff’s deputy followed a vehicle after learning it was registered to Cormican, whose license was revoked over prior drunken-driving convictions.

The deputy apprehended Cormican after he was seen walking into a field on County Road E. A breath test revealed a preliminary blood-alcohol concentration of 0.12. Deputies found an open beer can in his vehicle’s cupholder and a 30-pack of Busch Light inside it.

Deputies said Cormican took off running while being questioned. He was later caught by officers and later apologized, saying he didn’t want to go back to prison.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 9.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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