Man charged with sixth OWI in Darien

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Gazette staff | June 7, 2017

ELKHORN—A Janesville man is charged with sixth-offense OWI after he turned into the Darien Elementary School parking lot one early morning last week, according to a criminal complaint filed in Walworth County Court.

A Walworth County sheriff's deputy reported seeing Andrew M. Hirschfield, 37, of 1215 Friendship Drive, driving at about 1:53 a.m. May 30 on Highway 14 at Sweet Road in the town of Darien, according to the complaint. The vehicle Hirschfield drove “braked hard” before turning slowly into the school parking lot. The school was closed at the time.

“I'm (expletive). Take me to jail. I've been drinking,” Hirschfield said, according to the complaint.

Hirschfield has previous OWI convictions for violations in 2000 twice, 2004, 2008 and 2011, according to the complaint.

If convicted again, Hirschfield faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a minimum of six months, according to the complaint. He would also have his operating privileges revoked for two to three years.

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