Judge sets trial for Green Bay man charged with 18th OWI

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A judge says the case of a 74-year-old Green Bay man charged with his 18th drunken driving offense will go to trial.

Wallace Bowers was arrested last month after a crash that took out power lines and caused an outage. He faces 15 years in prison if convicted.

Bowers had 17 prior operating while intoxicated convictions between 1988 and 2011, but had a valid license to drive at the time of last month’s accident. A law that went into effect in 2018 requires driver’s licenses to be revoked after a 4th OWI conviction.

Bowers said at his initial court appearance that he’d been sober since 2011 and blamed medications for interfering with the few drinks he had.

An arraignment has been set for March 19.

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