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Madison man cited for 28th OAR offense in past 5 years

Madison man cited for 28th OAR offense in past 5 years

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A Madison man has been cited for his 28th offense of operating after revocation during a traffic stop on East Washington Avenue.

Edward L. Femrite, 60, was pulled over by a Dane County sheriff’s deputy around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The deputy identified the driver and checked Department of Transportation records, discovering that Femrite’s license had been revoked in 1997 for operating while intoxicated — and that he had had 27 operating-after-revocation convictions over the past five years, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Femrite was cited again for operating after revocation, driving without insurance and two seat belt violations.

The fine for a fourth or subsequent operating after revocation offense is $389.50. The citation also carries a mandatory court appearance.

Dane County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said law enforcement cannot impound a citizen’s car for multiple operating-after-revocation offenses — even 28 of them.

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Howard Hardee is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has written extensively about government, natural disasters and forest health in northern California.

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