Sixteen police agencies joined forces over the holiday weekend to crack down on drunken drivers, making 49 arrests.
“The bottom line is that the task force made 49 arrests, which is 49 too many,” said Brookfield Police Capt. Phil Horter, spokesman for the southeast Wisconsin drunken driving task force.
The task force was composed of 112 officers who made 574 contacts with motorists in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, of which 525 did not result in an arrest, Horter said.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office was part of the task force but also continued its own enforcement imitative, Operation Drive Sober, which launched at the beginning of this year. Thirty-eight drunken drivers were arrested over the weekend, including 14 repeat offenders. The initiative ran from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.
One repeat offender arrested was Matthew J. Mankowski, 38, of West Allis, for what could be his fifth drunken driving offense. His blood alcohol content registered at 0.22 – nearly three times the 0.08 level considered evidence of intoxication. If convicted, Mankowski faces up to six years in prison.
Mankowski also had a fugitive from justice warrant out of Minnesota on drunken driving allegations.
In addition to stopping drunken drivers, officers wrote out citations and broke up fights.
Milwaukee police made 15 arrests for city ordinance violations and one for the state charge of disorderly conduct during St. Patrick’s Day deployments in Milwaukee’s downtown entertainment district Sunday, said Sgt. Mark Stanmeyer, police spokesman.
Milwaukee police arrested a 29-year-old Milwaukee man on suspicion of substantial battery after a fight that happened about 8 p.m. at a bar in 5200 block of W. Blue Mound Road, Stanmeyer said. A 31-year-old West Allis man’s nose was broken nose during the fight. The suspect will be referred to the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office for possible charges.
The task force recognized its new partners, the Greater Milwaukee Hotel and Lodging Association and Mo’s Irish Pubs, on Monday. The association offered discounted rooms to discourage drinking and driving, and police street roll calls were made outside of the pubs. The task force’s next major deployment will be April 1, which is opening day for the Milwaukee Brewers.