Bicyclist pleads not guilty to felony DWIPublished 11:22am Friday, August 17, 2012
An Austin man has pleaded not guilty in Mower County Court to two felony DWI charges that stem from an alleged late-night bike ride.
Michael James Weis, 43, was arrested at about 2 a.m. July 31 and charged after police officers followed him. According to the court complaint, Weis was riding a motorized bike with no lights and pulling a trailer when an officer watched him run a stop sign and allegedly ride on the wrong side of the road. The officer turned on his emergency lights, and Weis allegedly looked at the officer and turned down several streets before stopping.
Weis allegedly failed several intoxication tests. A test later revealed he had a blood alcohol content of .20, according to the complaint.
Weis’ record shows that he has a previous conviction for felony DWI from 2004 in Houston County, which lands felony charges in this case.
His pretrial is Oct. 19.