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Wrong way driver pleads no contest to three charges


The Portage County woman accused of driving the wrong way on the highway has reached a plea deal.

Records show Shirley Hogrefe, 62, pleaded no contest to three charges including recklessly endangering safety, injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle, and OWI causing injury.

Those three charges are felonies. Five others were dismissed.

Police say it all happened back in May, when Hogrefe drove the wrong way on I-39, and only stopped after hitting five cars.

Officials say her blood alcohol level was .12. They say she admitted to driving the wrong way in the southern part of Portage County.

According to court documents, Hogrefe told police she did it on purpose, and made threats against herself.

She remains in the Portage County jail on a $25,000 bond. Her sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 28. 


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