Man charged with 4th OWI after driving motorcycle through Menasha company

Alliance Industries in Menasha (WBAY photo)

MENASHA, Wis. (WBAY) - A man has been charged with his fourth operating while intoxicated offense after driving his motorcycle through a factory in Menasha Tuesday night.

A criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News identifies the man as 29-year-old William A. Cook of Neenah.

Just before 10 p.m., Menasha Police were called to Alliance Industries at 320 Appleton St. Workers said a motorcyclist drove his Harley up an access ramp and through the factory.

Witnesses confirmed that the biker was Cook, a former employee. Cook drove through production areas at speeds of 35-40 mph, according to police. He parked his bike and hopped on a fork lift.

There were about 14 workers in the building at the time.

Employees called 911.

Police arrived on scene and approached Cook. He turned off his motorcycle. "He began to lose his balance, so much so that he had to take several steps backwards to catch himself," reads the criminal complaint.

Officers said they smelled alcohol on him. He refused a field sobriety test.

Cook said he didn't drive his bike through the building. However, witnesses confirmed that it was Cook. Officers took him into custody.

Cook blew a .137 on a preliminary breath test, according to the complaint. The legal limit to drive in Wisconsin is .08.

That limit is even lower for Cook due to his history of driving while intoxicated. He has a .02 restriction.

Cook refused a blood test. Police obtained a warrant to draw blood and sent a sample to the State Crime Lab in Madison. Results are pending.

Fourth offense OWI is a felony in Wisconsin.

On Wednesday, Cook appeared in Winnebago County Court without an attorney. A judge ordered a $1,000 signature bond. Conditions of the bond include sobriety and no contact with Alliance Industries.

The factory's general manager praised his staff.

"This was a very dangerous situation that our people handled very well," said Andy Kemp, plant general manager.

Alliance Industries provides powder coating. The company's large building stretches about two blocks from Appleton St to Racine St.