Altoona man pleads no contest to 7th OWI, gets time behind bars

Eau Claire County (WQOW) – An Altoona man accused of nearly hitting a squad car while driving drunk will spend time behind bars.

In February, an officer said John Ellis ran a stop sign, barely missing a squad car.

When he was pulled over, Ellis said he had come from a local bar where he had “a lot” to drink.

He refused a field sobriety test because he said he’d fail it.

On Friday, Ellis pleaded no contest to his 7th OWI. Reserve Judge Roderick Cameron sentenced Ellis to three years behind bars, followed by three years of extended supervision. His drivers license is also revoked for life.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

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

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