DICKEYVILLE — An Ohio man was arrested on his 10th drunk driving charge after a hit-and-run incident in Dickeyville and Smelser Thursday afternoon.
Dennis Barghols, 60, Coshocton, Ohio, will have a preliminary hearing in Grant County Circuit Court in Lancaster Monday at 1 p.m.
The 10th-offense drunk driving charge is a felony with a maximum sentence of 12½ years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Barghols also faces citations for inattentive driving, hit-and-run unattended vehicle, failure to notify police of an accident, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and knowingly operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license causing property damage.
Barghols was arrested after his car allegedly hit several cars parked on Main Street in Dickeyville Thursday around 3:50 p.m. The vehicle fled the scene, but was followed by witnesses, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.
The car was located on Grant County H west of Cuba City, according to the sheriff’s department.
The sheriff’s department news release thanked “the witnesses who followed the offending vehicle until it was stopped by police,” but added, “We ask that you stay at a safe distance to keep yourself out of harm’s way until police arrive.”
According to online court records, none of Barghols’ nine previous drunk driving convictions were in Wisconsin.
The sheriff’s department was assisted by Cuba City police and Donnie’s Tire and Tow.