OWI arrests made during ‘Operation Unlucky Charm’

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY -- As of 7 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day, Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies had made a handful of OWI arrests as part of "Operation Unlucky Charm," a multi-jurisdiction effort to catch drunk drivers.

The first OWI arrest in Milwaukee County was made just before noon, and the second around 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17th.

Deputies working overtime blanketed the freeways, focusing especially on the I-94 East-West Corridor. "On a day like this, where you've got a beautiful mid-March day on a Saturday with a lot of things going on, it's just unfortunately a perfect recipe for disaster in a lot of ways," Sgt. Phil Wentzel said.

Before sunset on Saturday, many drivers had also received traffic citations.

On Water Street, Milwaukee police also stepped up their enforcement.  Their goal: to make their presence known. "Obviously, small problems can develop into larger problems.  Last year, we had a shooting on Water Street during St. Patrick's Day and we want to prevent that type of situation from occurring," Assistant Chief James Harpole said.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.