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Cops: Man accused of OWI comes to court drunk

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man already charged with drunken driving now faces a second charge after he allegedly drove himself to his court appearance while intoxicated.

A Wisconsin State Journal report says 50-year-old Russell Lambert of Windsor appeared in Dane County court Friday. Madison police say a bailiff smelled alcohol on his breath and administered a breath test.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the testing device registered a high blood-alcohol contact, and subsequent tests confirmed a blood-alcohol level of 0.28 percent. That’s 3.5 times the legal limit.

DeSpain said Lambert told investigators he drove himself to court. Police are now recommending a second drunken-driving charge.

According to online court records, Lambert pleaded not guilty to the first charge. The court records didn’t list a defense attorney Saturday.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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