MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee County Sheriff's officials say 17 people were arrested this weekend (January 4th through 6th) for drunken driving. Officials say four of these individuals were involved in crashes. Sheriff's officials arrested third, fourth, fifth and sixth DUI offenders, and arrested a first offender with a child in the car.
Officials say just after 9:30 p.m. on Friday, they stopped 39-year-old Amy Berger of Germantown at Mill Road after a 911 caller observed her swerving on I-45 N at Hampton Ave. Officials say Berger's nine-year-old child was in the car at the time of the traffic stop. The child was taken to the Sheriff's Substation and picked up by her father.
Berger faces up to six months in jail if convicted on a first DUI charge with a juvenile in the vehicle.
Around 2:00 a..m on Saturday, a deputy spotted a vehicle deviating lanes in the Zoo Interchange. 34-year-old Nicholas Glover of Milwaukee was stopped near 92nd and Watertown Plank Road.
Sheriff's officials say a check showed the vehicle Glover was driving was stolen, and he registered a .16 on the intoximeter.
Glover faces sixth DUI charges. His prior arrests occurred in May, July, August, October and November of 2008 in South Dakota.
Sheriff's officials say they are investigating the stolen vehicle case and also recovered drugs during a search of the vehicle.
Glover and his passenger have pending possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana charges against them.
Just before 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, 37-year-old Paul Porter of Milwaukee was stopped near E. Howard Ave. and S. Kingan Ave. for his fifth DUI.
Porter's prior DUI arrests occurred in March 1995, April 1995, March 1997 and October 2006.
He faces up to six years in prison if convicted.
40-year-old Rafael Rosales of Milwaukee was stopped around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday on I-94 eastbound at Hawley Road. Officials say Rosales admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. He was arrested for his fourth DUI with his prior arrests occurring September 1996, January 1999 and December 2005.
The 2005 conviction occurred injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
FOX6 News spoke with Rosales on Sunday, January 6th. He said he is angry about the way law enforcement handled his arrest, but equally frustrated by his own decisions.
"I was at my cousin's house having a couple of beers. He told me not to leave and I left. At that time, I had about six beers. I shouldn't have been on the road. I should have been home sleeping. I was driving and I shouldn't have been behind the wheel. It was negligence. I take responsibility for that," Rosales said.
Rosales says he is fortunate to be alive following his drive.
"I knew I shouldn't get behind the wheel. The reality is I need to change my life. I'm 40 years old. I'm not getting any younger and if I catch a fifth OWI the judge isn't going to be lenient. He's going to throw the book at me," Rosales said.