Milwaukee man arrested for 6th OWI

CREATED Jul 18, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee man was arrested for his 6th OWI Wednesday night.

Deputies said Alan Schmitz, 62, was stopped for a seatbelt violation around 9 p.m. at the corner of S. 6th Street and W. Howard Avenue., and was subsequently arrested when he showed signs of intoxication.

Schmitz blew a .04.  Due to having 5 prior convictions for OWI, he is required to have a BAC of .02 or lower.

"I've come to believe that the repeat drunk driver is as grave a threat to the lives of the people of Milwaukee County as any that exists," said Sheriff David Clarke. "We all need to drive, to get to work, to pick up kids, to live our lives. We share these roads. And one like this, who repeatedly engages in drunk driving to the extent that he now faces a 6th conviction, makes the lives of others a mere lottery: Whether he hits and kills someone is, to him, a matter of simple chance. Nothing more, nothing less."

According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Schmitz was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for Operating After Revocation, OWI Related.   

If convicted, Schmitz faces up to six years and six months in prison.