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Off-duty officer tails alleged drunken driver

Nov. 14, 2007

An off-duty Fox Point police officer followed a suspected drunken driver for as many as 30 miles in rural Washington and Waukesha counties at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8.

He radioed his position the entire way to police dispatchers who relayed the information to fellow officers en route.

The incident started at Friess Lake School, 1850 State Highway 164, and ended in the town of Lisbon at the home of the man who surrendered to officers from Lisbon, Waukesha County, Sussex and Lannon, according to the report written by Fox Point Police Officer Donald Kriefall.

The man was eventually charged with his sixth drunken driving offense. He had two daughters, ages 10 and 13, with him in the car.

If convicted, 30-year-old Michael A. Laur faces a maximum penalty of six years in prison, a $10,000 fine and a 36-month license revocation.

Kriefall was leaving Friess Lake School in Washington County after coaching basketball when two parents told him a man who appeared to be intoxicated was about to leave the school. According to his report, he followed the man, for at least 30 minutes, in his private car. When he saw the man's car allegedly drifting, Kriefall called 911 to report the possible drunken driver.

As the two headed south toward the Thousand Oaks subdivision off Woodland Oaks Drive in Waukesha, Kriefall saw the car pass a pickup truck in a no-passing zone and hit speeds of 70 mph, according to his report.

"It was an excellent piece of police work on the officer's part," Lisbon Police Chief Terry Martorano said.

- Jane Ford-Stewart,

Staff Writer

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