No contest: 52-year-old Todd Lowery, accused of 12th OWI offense convicted; held without bond

RACINE COUNTY (WITI) -- 52-year-old Todd Lowery of Appleton, arrested for his 12th OWI offense after police found him stuck in a snowy ditch on February 3rd has reached a plea deal in the case against him.

Prosecutors filed an amended complaint and amended charges against Lowery on Tuesday, March 24th. He then pleaded no contest to OWI. He was found guilty on that charge.

Lowery was ordered held without bond until his sentencing hearing on May 18th.

Lowery has the following prior OWI convictions:

    A criminal complaint filed against Lowery says shortly after 1:00 a.m. on February 3rd, a Racine County Sheriff's deputy on patrol, headed westbound on State Highway 11 near Gehrand Court in the Town of Yorkville came upon a vehicle stuck in the ditch on the south side of State Highway 11. The driver exited the vehicle and approached the squad car. That driver was identified as Todd Lowery.

    The deputy observed Lowery stumbling into the eastbound lane of traffic. The deputy was forced to steady him and direct him to the shoulder of the road.

    The complaint indicates the deputy observed a strong odor of intoxicants coming from Lowery's person, and his eyes were observed to be glassy and bloodshot.

    Lowery told the deputy he was "just out for a drive" -- saying he had consumed alcohol, but he was "fine."

    The deputy learned that Lowery had a passenger in his vehicle, who told the deputy Lowery had been driving, but Lowery told the deputy his passenger had been driving. The deputy observed that passenger also appeared to be intoxicated, though she told him she only had "one drink."

    The complaint says Lowery told the deputy his passenger had driven the car into the ditch, and that "he was only trying to get the vehicle unstuck."

    Lowery was taken to a patrol station to perform field sobriety testing because of the weather. A preliminary breath test registered at .22.

    Lowery was also taken to the hospital for a blood draw. Those results are pending.

    The complaint filed against Lowery says his driver's license has been revoked since July of 2004 as a result of a prior OWI conviction.