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Appeals court upholds conviction of man found sleeping at gas station

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In a decision issued last week, an appeals court judge affirmed a St. Croix County court judgment finding an Amery man guilty of operating with a controlled substance, fourth offense.

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Matthew Owen Hoff Jr., now 34, argued that the St. Croix County deputy who arrested him didn't have probable cause because, Hoff said, no evidence of drugs or alcohol was found on him or in his vehicle and "most of the field sobriety tests revealed no clues of impairment."

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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