HICKORY GROVE — A 39-year-old Dodgeville man was arrested for fourth-offense drunk driving and for allegedly stealing a tractor before crashing it.
Jeremy L. McVay was arrested after he was found lying on the ground not far from a tractor crash on Level Valley Road March 4 around 4:10 a.m.
McVay was found about 10 minutes after a report of a theft of a Ford tractor from a Hickory Grove farm. The tractor was found in the roadway on Level Valley Road, and shoe prints were discovered leading into a wooded area east of the roadway, where McVay was found, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.
A car “associated with the suspect” involved in a separate crash was then found, the Sheriff’s Office said.
McVay faces charges of fourth-offense drunk driving and two counts of operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. He was also cited twice for operating left of center and once each for failure to notify police of an accident, driving too fast for conditions, open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, hit and run — property adjacent to highway, and operating after revocation.
A preliminary hearing will be held March 28. A status conference was held Monday after McVay’s first appearance March 7.
McVay was arrested on a probation hold. McVay was placed on two years probation with 50 hours community service in Iowa County Circuit Court after he pleaded no contest Nov. 16 to charges of disorderly conduct, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct — domestic abuse. McVay’s probation term included a requirement of random urinalysis or blood tests and completion of appropriate treatment, according to court records. Charges of felony bail jumping and strangulation and suffocation were dismissed, according to court records.
McVay also faces Iowa County charges of operating after revocation (refusal) and tampering with or failing to install an ignition interlock device, both of which were filed Feb. 4. An arrest warrant was issued March 7, according to court records.
The Boscobel and Fennimore police departments and Fennimore EMS assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the crash scenes.