Kevin D. Troyanoski. (Courtesy Portage Co. Jail)

Fifth OWI suspect released on signature bond

By Brandi Makuski

A Wisconsin Rapids man faces prison time following his Town of Linwood arrest for his fifth OWI offense.

A Portage Co. deputy was en route to Hwy. 66 shortly before 8 a.m. on April 26 to assist a motorist, later identified as Kevin D. Troyanoski, 50, with a dead battery. By the time the deputy arrived, another motorist had stopped the give Troyanoski’s vehicle a jumpstart.

The deputy observed that Troyanoski’s movements were “very exaggerated and rapid,” according to the incident report, and he was “unable to stand still, constantly lifting his feet off the ground,” which lead the deputy to believe the man was under the influence of a controlled substance.

After a scan of Troyanoski’s license plate, the deputy discovered Troyanoski’s license had been revoked. He was also on probation for 2016 convictions of possession of methamphetamine and the dangerous use of a firearm by a felon.

Troyanoski admitted to the deputy that he’d used methamphetamine prior to driving. After being unable to complete a roadside sobriety exam, Troyanoski was taken under arrest.

Troyanoski appeared for his bond hearing by video from the Portage Co. Jail on April 28, when he was issued a $2,500 signature bond by Judge Thomas Eagon.

During the video appearance, Troyanoski laid his head on the table and groaned throughout the hearing. He did not look up, replying to the judge’s questions in a muffled voice.

When asked if he wanted to make any statements about his bond, Troyanoski, who did not have a lawyer present, did not lift his head but quietly said to a corrections officer in the room, “I don’t feel good.”

Following the hearing, Troyanoski cursed loudly several times before leaving the room, also making angry statements about not having a lawyer present.

Troyanoski was released on his signature bond April 29 with the conditions that he does not operate a motor vehicle and that he remain drug- and alcohol-free.

Troyanoski’s criminal record dates back to 2008 in Brown and Wood counties and includes convictions of domestic abuse, possession of methamphetamine, and use of a dangerous weapon by a felon.

The maximum penalty for a conviction of 5th offense OWI is a maximum of 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $25,000, or both.

He is scheduled to return to court on May 11.