By Patrick Lynn
A Waupaca woman is free on a $2,500 cash bond after being charged with her 7th OWI in September.
Portage Co. deputies were called to County Hwy. D just south of State Hwy. 54 in the Town of Lanark on Sept. 12 for a report of a vehicle in a ditch at 3:57 a.m. The caller, a passing motorist, told deputies the driver—later identified as Theresa Turzinski, 59—spoke to him with slurred speech to say she “just needed help getting her car out of the ditch” after striking a deer.
When law enforcement arrived, Turzinski initially told deputies her son had driven the vehicle into the ditch after he borrowed it from her, but her story “changed several times” during questioning, according to the complaint.
Deputies said Turzinski had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and was slurring her words, and she was unable to perform several of the field sobriety tests. Her breathalyzer test reported a result of .120.
After a search of Turzinski’s purse turned up two small marijuana pipes, one containing marijuana, deputies told Turzinski they would need to search her person. Before the female deputy could begin the pat-down, Turzinski pulled down her pants and bent over, exposing her vagina and anus to the female deputy, then lifted her shirt and bra to expose her breasts.
Deputies redressed Turzinski and placed her in handcuffs for transport to the hospital, where she became uncooperative and refused a blood draw, requiring deputies to obtain a warrant.
Even with the warrant, Turzinski refused to cooperate, the complaint said, forcing deputies to hold her down on a hospital bed so a lab technician could obtain a blood sample.
During the procedure, Turzinski threatened to kick the male deputy in the groin, jerked her arms and legs, and claimed she was infected with AIDS and that she “hoped the deputies contracted it from her”.
She also later claimed her leg was injured while being held down, adding she’d planned to sue the officer involved, but later declined medical attention.
Turzinski has six previous convictions for operating while intoxicated between 1989 and 2006. As a result, she was prohibited by court order from having a blood alcohol content of greater than .02.
If convicted on all charges, Turzinski faces 12-and-a-half years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of three years behind bars. She returns to court Nov. 19.