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Posted: 11:48 AM, Jun 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-01 16:48:18Z

Daniel Nordell could face up to 15 years in prison after being charged this week with his 14th OWI offense.

According to a criminal complaint, deputies talked with Nordell and noticed his eyes appeared red and glossy, his speech was slurred, and there was a strong smell of intoxicants coming from his breath.

Nordell told deputies that he got into the accident because the brakes on his car didn't work.

Deputies said Nordell went through field sobriety tests and then submitted to a preliminary breath test that showed a 0.17% blood alcohol content.

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Nordell's most recent conviction came in 2006. Prior to that, he was arrested four times for OWI in 1994, twice more in 1995, once in 1998, three times in 1999, and twice in 2002.

Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel suggested that the state could change it's penalties regarding OWI offenses.

Currently, an OWI isn't a felony until a fourth offense.

Hardel said that number could be lowered to two.

He said when a person starts accumulating multiple DUI's it becomes more than a mistake.

Hardel also suggested that the drinking culture in Wisconsin may be making it difficult to change the laws regarding OWI penalties.