Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Two Officers Arrested for Drunk Driving Due in Court

Two off-duty Sheboygan Police officers who were arrested in December for drunk driving are due back in court on Friday, March 14.

Officers Ryan Walloch, 25, and Stephen Schnabel, 35, were arrested Dec. 5 after a late-night accident at the corner of Superior Avenue and North Taylor Drive.

Both were off-duty, according to information released by the Sheboygan Police Department the next day, and in their personal vehicles when one driver rear-ended the other at the blinking red light on Superior Avenue.

An arrest report showed that Walloch’s preliminary blood alcohol content was 0.10 and Schnabel’s was 0.23. A blood-alcohol content of 0.08 is considered evidence of drunken driving.

Both officers were cited for first-offense OWI and operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration. They were placed on administrative duties briefly but have been back on duty since a couple of days after the arrest, Sheboygan Police Capt. Steve Cobb said.

They pleaded not guilty at an initial appearance in Sheboygan-Kohler Muncipal Court and will have a pretrial hearing on Friday.

Cobb said an internal investigation is ongoing and he declined to comment on what kinds of departmental discipline would be considered for both officers.

Walloch has been with the City of Sheboygan since June 2011. Schnabel has been a police officer with the City of Sheboygan since August 2005.

Details about which man was driving which vehicle and where the officers had been earlier that night have not been released.

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