Amery police chief arrested for OWI

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BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The police chief of an area city has been arrested for driving drunk.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says a deputy arrested Thomas Marson, 55, of Amery early Sunday morning. Marson is the Chief of Police in the City of Amery.

Investigators responded to the scene of a vehicle that had gone into the ditch at State Highway 46 and County Road A, which is south of Amery, around 11:45 p.m. Saturday. They found that the vehicle was registered to Marson. When a deputy caught up with Marson at his home, he told the deputy he slid into the ditch because of slippery roads. The deputy reported that Marson smelled of alcohol, and was not able to do two field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test reportedly showed Marson's blood alcohol level was at .156%, which is nearly twice the legal limit to drive. Marson told the deputy he had not had anything to drink after the crash.

Marson was booked into the Polk County Jail. A message to Marson seeking comment was not immediately returned.