A week after we introduced you to an Appleton man who hunts for drunk drivers on Fox Valley roads, he posted on his OWI Hunter Facebook that he's stepping aside.
"This announcement may seem abrupt...". That's how Brad, who asked us not to use his last name, but known on Facebook as OWI Hunter started a post yesterday in which he told his followers he was discontinuing his efforts to stop drunk drivers. He continued by saying it was a decision based only on him wanting to spend more time with his family, something he talked about with us last week when we first brought you his story.
"Having a full time job, kids, I do it after my family goes to bed and then kind of wreaks havoc the next morning by getting up with the family, I'm a little tired," said Brad about his OWI hunting.
But Brad's decision to step down as OWI Hunter comes just days after Action 2 News received a letter from the Robinson Law Firm in Appleton. The letter requested a copy of video and audio coverage of the story we did with Brad last week. When questioned if Robinson Law Firm was representing someone that Brad helped police to stop or if it was considering a lawsuit against the OWI Hunter, the woman on the phone said, "you'll have to wait and see."
We reached out to Brad who was at work and unavailable to speak with us today. But after talking with police who've worked with the OWI Hunter, they tell us he's done nothing wrong and has broken no laws."
Captain Todd Freeman from the Appleton Police Department says, "From the get go, before he even started, he called to make sure that what he had planned on doing was consistent with what the law said, that it was a safe plan then along the way we had some discussion on how he can improve what he's doing. He had a few ideas for approaches that I flat out told him I couldn't agree to that, it wasn't a safe approach and he always abided by that."
And while Brad won't be OWI hunting anymore, some of his followers have picked up the slack and will continue, through Facebook, to organize the effort.
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