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Barneveld man faces 10th OWI
DARLINGTON - A Barneveld man was charged Dec. 22 with his 10th drunk driving offense after an incident in Argyle earlier this month.

Ricardo Ortiz-Diaz, 56, faces a Class F felony count of 10th-offense driving while intoxicated, as well as a misdemeanor count of driving with a revoked license.

Ortiz-Diaz was charged after a suspicious vehicle was discovered parked in the roadway on Wisconsin 81 in Argyle. When police officers approached the vehicle, the vehicle left the roadway, entered a parking lot and returned to the roadway.

The vehicle was subsequently pulled over. The driver, Ortiz-Diaz, was noticeably intoxicated, smelling of alcohol and attempting to give his year of birth as "196050." Ortiz-Diaz was arrested without incident.

Ortiz-Diaz's last OWI arrest came after an incident on Sept. 5, 2010 in Dane County. Ortiz-Diaz was sentenced to three years in prison on that charge.

His previous eight OWI charges date from between December 1990 and July 2010.

Ortiz-Diaz signed a $5,000 signature bond on Dec. 22 with conditions that he neither possess or consume alcohol or enter any establishment that has the primary purpose of selling alcohol.

His initial court appearance is set for Jan. 3. The maximum possible sentence for his charge is 7.5 years in prison.