Shawano County supervisor arrested for 1st offense OWI

Capelle refused blood test, sheriff’s report says

A Shawano County supervisor was arrested Thursday for operating while intoxicated and also cited for refusing to allow a blood draw to be taken to gauge his alcohol level, according to an incident report from the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

District 9 Supervisor Kenneth E. Capelle, 78, who represents the village of Cecil and Ward 1 of the town of Washington, was pulled over shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday after a sheriff’s deputy spotted his vehicle going through a stop sign at Freeborn Street and Warrington Avenue in Cecil, according to the deputy’s report.

The report states Capelle’s eyes were red and he slurred his speech. There was a smell of intoxicants coming from his vehicle, according to the report.

The report also states Capelle failed a roadside sobriety test and a preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent, almost twice the legal limit.

According to the report, the deputy asked Capelle where he lived and where he had been.

“Kenneth advised me he was an upstanding citizen and told me not to ask him those questions,” the deputy wrote. “I informed Kenneth the questions I was asking were routine.”

The report states Capelle told the deputy he was a County Board supervisor and was once a member of the county’s public safety committee, which oversees the sheriff’s department.

Capelle initially denied he had been drinking, then later admitted to having one drink about two hours before he was pulled over, according to the report.

After being taken to Shawano County Jail, Capelle refused to submit to having a blood sample taken, according to the report.

A search warrant for the blood draw was obtained after being approved by Circuit Court Judge William Kussel Jr.

The results of that blood test are not yet known.

This was a first-offense OWI, which is a forfeiture and carries a fine of $937.50.

Capelle was also cited for failing to stop at a stop sign and refusing to take a test for intoxication.

He has an initial court date set for Jan. 22.

Capelle could not be reached for comment by press time Tuesday.