Gillett man charged with 9th OWI

Also has federal warrant for illegally entering U.S.
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A Gillett man apparently in the country illegally was charged Friday for an alleged ninth drunken-driving offense and was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond.

Hermanegildo Garcia-Gutierrez, 48, could face a maximum 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if found guilty of ninth-offense operating while intoxicated.

According to the criminal complaint, Garcia-Gutierrez is also wanted by the U.S. Marshals office for illegal entry into the country, but it wasn’t clear when that entry took place.

The complaint states Garcia-Gutierrez has previous OWI convictions in the United States going back to 1997.

Garcia-Gutierrez was arrested in the town of Waukechon on June 21 after sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a reckless driver speeding and crossing the centerline on state Highway 22, according to the complaint.

The complaint states Garcia-Gutierrez had no identification and did not speak English. A Spanish speaking interpreter was called to assist. He was taken into custody after failing roadside sobriety tests.

According to court records, Garcia-Gutierrez has four previous OWI convictions in Illinois, one in Georgia, two in Waupaca County and one in Outagamie County. The convictions stretch from 1997 to the most recent in 2008, both in Illinois.

He has also been listed in court records under four other aliases with 14 different dates of birth, according to the criminal complaint.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Friday.