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Another attorney general candidate admits to prior alcohol-related offense

MADISON, Wisc (WSAU-Wheeler News)   A second candidate for Wisconsin attorney general has admitted an alcohol-related incident from decades ago. Democrat Ismael Ozanne, the Dane County district attorney, said he was cited in 1986 after he got into an accident when he was 16. Earlier this week, we learned that Republican attorney general candidate Brad Schimel was cited for O-W-I in 1990.

Ozanne did not get a drunk driving ticket. He was cited under the state's "not a drop" law that prohibits those under 21 from having any alcohol in their systems while behind-the-wheel. He said it was fortunate that nobody was hurt in the crash, and it taught him valuable lessons.

The other candidate in the race, Assembly Democrat Jon Richards of Milwaukee, says old teenage mistakes are irrelevant in this year's campaign. Richards said the important thing is to crack down on drunk driving now. Richards voted in favor of a package of bills in the Assembly, one of which would make all second-offenses criminal misdemeanors. He said he prefers those measures to making first-time O-W-I a crime. Schimel said he was skeptical about criminalizing one-time drunk driving. Ozanne has said he favors the idea.