On September 20th, 2015 at approximately 2:20 a.m a Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on U.S Hwy 14 near Old Mill Rd. The Deputy observed the vehicle cross the center line and a traffic stop was initiated. When the vehicle came to a stop, the Deputy observed the driver and passenger switch seats while remaining inside the vehicle. Contact was made with James Ewers who was now operator of the vehicle. Ewers was asked to perform standardized field sobriety testing at that time. Ewers showed signs of impairment during the testing and was arrested for operating while under the influence 1st offense. Ewers informed the Deputy that he did in fact switch seats with the original driver after he was asked to. Contact was then made with Matthew Nave who was seated in the passenger seat. Nave was asked to perform standardized field sobriety tasks at that time as well. Nave also showed signs of impairment and was arrested for operating while under the influence 2nd offense and operating while revoked.
WHEN: 09-20-2015 TIME of Incident: 2:20 AM
- James Ewers Age: 22 Richland Center, WI
- Matthew Nave Age: 23 Avoca, WI
WHERE Incident Happened: U.S Hwy 14 @ Old Mill Rd
ARREST or CHARGES: Operating while under the influence, operating while revoked, obstructing or resisting an officer.
Richland County Sheriff’s Department