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September 23, 2021

3/29/2012 7:30:00 AM
Bradaseric pleads guilty to driving postal van while intoxicated

A Rhinelander Post Office mail carrier cited for operating while intoxicated while on the job has entered a guilty plea to the charge.

According to online court records, Edward Bradaseric, 57, entered his plea Monday morning in Oneida County Circuit Court.

Bradaseric was fined $817.50 and had his license revoked for eight months. He was also ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed on his car for one year and complete an alcohol assessment.

According to a police report attached to Bradaseric's citation, Sgt. Kurt Helke of the Rhinelander Police Department responded to the post office at 1:50 p.m. on March 13 following the report that Bradaseric drove a postal van to the post office while intoxicated.

According to the police report, other postal employees saw Bradaseric pull up in his postal van. A customer also came into the post office to file a complaint alleging Bradaseric was drunk while delivering mail, the report states.

The report states Helke noted slurred speech and a strong odor of intoxicants coming from Bradaseric. Standard field sobriety tests were administered but were not completed because Helke was concerned for the safety of Bradaseric, who was having a hard time keeping balance while standing still.

According to the report, Bradaseric admitted that he was drunk. He said he had been drinking vodka the night before and had a shot before coming to work in the morning.

A preliminary breath test resulted in a reading of .348. The legal limit is .08. Bradaseric was placed under arrest and taken to the hospital for treatment, the report says.

The post office has not commented on Bradaseric's arrest except to say he is officially on "emergency placement," an off-duty nonpay status applied when action is still ongoing for situations like this.

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