A 41-year-old Greendale man is facing felony drunk driving charges after he was spotted by a Greendale police officer driving down West Loomis Road with his trunk open while his 5-year-old daughter was in the car with him.
Carl David Belter Jr. was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Saturday with one count of fourth offense operating while intoxicated within five years with a minor in the vehicle and one count of operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration. If convicted, he faces up to 14 years in prison and $24,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On June 4, a Greendale police officer on patrol spotted Belters driving northbound on Loomis near West College Avenue with his trunk open an a large garbage can inside. Belter then turned left into the industrial loop, but the officer ran his license plate and discovered he had an active arrest warrant.
Belters then came back out of the industrial loop and turned right onto Loomis, but was pulled over by the cop who was waiting. He said he didn’t know there was an arrest warrant pending against him.
The officer spotted Belter’s daughter in the car and noticed he smelled of alcohol. Belter said he had one drink before driving, then performed field sobriety tests.
A preliminary test showed Belter had a blood alcohol level of 0.075, however, due to his three prior OWI convictions, he isn’t allowed to drive with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.02.
Belter was previously convicted of OWI in 1992, 1999 and 2004. He will make his initial appearance in court Sept. 4.