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CALEDONIA — A Caledonia man is facing charges after he reportedly drove his car into a ditch while drunk early Friday morning.

Ryan M. Peplinski, 44, of the 6900 block of Prince Drive, is charged with his fourth count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 2:13 a.m. Friday, a Caledonia Police Department officer was patrolling near Six Mile and Linwood roads when he saw a vehicle drive into a ditch and almost into the Root River. The officer approached the vehicle and saw the alleged operator, Peplinski, trying to maneuver his vehicle out of the ditch, nearly hitting the squad to do so.

He reportedly smelled strongly of intoxicants and, when asked where he was coming from, reportedly said: “That way.”

He was then transported to the Caledonia police station for a field sobriety test and he nearly fell to the ground due to his level of intoxication.

On Friday afternoon in court, his bond was set at $5,000, according to online court records. His preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday. He remained in custody as of Friday night, online records showed.

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