Altoona man charged with 7th OWI nearly hits cop, tells police he drank “a lot”

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Eau Claire County (WQOW) – An Eau Claire officer said his car was nearly hit by a drunk driver, and now an Altoona man faces charges.

John Ellis is charged with his 7th OWI.

According to the criminal complaint, Ellis ran a stop sign at an intersection in February, barely missing a squad car that had already started its turn.

When he was pulled over, police said Ellis said he was coming from a local bar. When asked how much he had to drink, Ellis said, “A lot.”

He refused a field sobriety test because he claimed he would fail it.

He had a blood draw at a local hospital although the court is waiting on the results.

He returns to court in April.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently an Evening Anchor/Producer.

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