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Man Who Left License Plate Behind after Hit and Run Now Facing Drunken Driving Charge

Suspect hit the victim's double-parked car, injured three in the car, then drove off on the sidewalk.

The Shorewood man accused of slamming into a parked car, injuring three and then fleeing the scene, leaving his license plate behind late last month, has been charged with drunken driving.

Paul J. Lemire, 23, was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Monday with one count of second offense operating while intoxicated. If convicted, he faces up to six months in jail and $1,100 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Jan. 28, Lemire was driving his Ford Mustang in the 3500 block of North Oakland Avenue when he hit a car parked on the side of the street. Lemire fled the scene of the accident by driving on the sidewalk. The owner of the car said the accident pushed his car 20 feet.

However, Lemire’s front bumper fell off during the accident with the license plate attached and police were able to track him down at his home.

Lemire later admitted to the hit and run. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.195, which is more than three twice the legal limit to drive in Wisconsin.

Lemire was previously convicted of OWI in 2008. He will make his initial appearance in court April 2.

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