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Fri., March 27, 2009, 3:53 a.m.

Strike three, you’re out!

SHEBOYGAN, Wisc. -- A Spokane woman visiting Wisconsin last year was arrested for drunken driving three times in three days, according to court records released Wednesday.

Jo A. Trilling, of Spokane, Wash., who was sentenced on the final two cases last week, was arrested in each case after driving off the road and getting her car stuck. She was arrested March 11, 12 and 13 of 2008, racking up a total of 30 days in jail and more than $3,000 in fines.


According to authorities: Trilling was first arrested about 2 p.m. March 11, 2008, when a Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department deputy noticed her trying to drive out of a ditch near the Kohler-Andrae entrance. The deputy noticed Trilling wore only one shoe and smelled of intoxicants.

A later blood test revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.21, more than 2½ times the legal limit.

Exactly 24 hours later, the Kohler-Andrae park superintendent spotted Trilling's car stuck in the snow in a campground that was closed for the winter. He told Trilling she would have had to drive through a muddy side lane and maintenance gate to get to that point, and she said she did not remember that.

Trilling told an officer she had "four or six cups of wine," adding, "I am still finishing up the box of wine in my car from yesterday."

Police say they found a box of Black Fox wine and a partial cup of wine in the car.

Trilling was arrested and again served the mandatory 12 hours in jail before being released without bond, officials said. She then headed for Cottage Grove, in Dane County, where she was arrested after a citizen reported she was "all over the road," according to a police report.

A partial bottle of wine was found in the car. Trilling had a blood alcohol-level of 0.16.

The Cottage Grove case was concluded first and therefore listed in court records as the first offense. Trilling was fined $730 for that offense, $906 for the March 11 arrest in Sheboygan and $1,221 for the March 12 arrest in Sheboygan. Trilling was also fined $372 for an ordinance violation of resisting or obstructing an officer during the March 12 arrest.

Anyone want to wager what she'll do when she completes her mandatory jail time THIS TIME? My money is on another bottle of vino.


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