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SIREN—A vehicle with no headlights on, driving through Siren at night lead to a Webster man being charged with his seventh OWI. Ronald Hart, 72, Webster, was charged with operating while intoxicated (7th), a class F felony, and misdemeanor operating while revoked.

Siren Chief of Police Chris Sybers pulled over a vehicle without headlights on as it passed Crooked Lake Park Feb. 27. He was able to stop the vehicle near the Dollar General on State Road 35/70.

According to the criminal complaint, after Sybers turned on his emergency lights Hart pulled over on Works Progress Street in the middle of the road.

Sybers asked him why he stopped in the middle of the road and Hart allegedly began to laugh and then said he was sorry.

Siren police officer Trevor Thiex was called to the scene to assist. He noticed Hart was having trouble keeping his balance, and needed to lean on the rear of his vehicle while they spoke with him.

Both Sybers and Thiex saw a 12 pack of beer on the passenger side floor of the vehicle, but noted none of the containers were open.

Hart was informed the officers were planning on doing a field sobriety test. That is when Hart allegedly told officers he did not wish to do the test because he was impaired.

The complaint outlines Hart’s six previous OWI convictions dating back to 1998 and most recently in 2010.

He is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing held April 12.