Columbus man allegedly tried to bite officers during arrest for eighth OWI

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COLUMBUS, Wis. — Columbus police arrested a man for operating while intoxicated Sunday.

Police said the 49-year-old was driving 25 miles per hour above the speed limit when officers stopped him. He reportedly smelled of alcohol and slurred his speech. Officers reportedly saw a glass bottle of alcohol in the front passenger seat.

The man allegedly refused a blood draw following field sobriety tests. Police said he verbally and physically resisted officers and allegedly tried to bite them during the arrest process.

News 3 Now is not naming the man at this time as part of a policy not to name people accused of crimes until they have been formally charged in court. Click here to learn more about the policy. He is currently being held in the Columbia County Jail.

He faces a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He has seven prior OWI offenses. He also faces a charge of resisting an officer.