Christopher Koeberl had previous convictions for intoxicated driving, records show

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A Milwaukee man whose son called police after the man nearly overdosed in a Waukesha parking lot snorted three Xanax pills before getting behind the wheel, according to a criminal complaint.

The man, 33-year-old Christopher Koeberl, was charged Monday, Jan. 30, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with his third operating while intoxicated offense (with a passenger younger than 16), three misdemeanor counts of child neglect and operating with a revoked license.

He made his initial court appearance the same day and was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond.

According to the complaint, Koeberl's 8-year-old son told police around 5:41 p.m. Jan. 25 that he thought his father might have been dead while his car idled in the parking lot of the Waukesha School District office at 222 Maple Ave., and the boy and Koeberl's two other children, ages 6 and 4, looked on in terror.

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A man who was walking into the district office for a meeting noticed the commotion, took the phone from the boy and directed police to the scene, the complaint said, where an officer observed Koeberl unconscious and slumped over the steering wheel. Multiple attempts to rouse him failed.

However, Koeberl reportedly became alert after receiving a dose of Narcan – a drug that reverses the effects of an overdose – and eventually told officers that he had snorted three Xanax pills before he drove from Milwaukee to Waukesha to pick up his children from school earlier that afternoon.

According to the complaint, Koeberl still had white powder inside his nose when police found him. He said in the complaint that he drove to the school district office to pick up gas cards, which the district apparently provided to him to offset the cost of transporting his kids to school and back from Milwaukee.

The boy who reported the incident said in the complaint that he didn't remember Koeberl making any stops before arriving at the district office. That means Koeberl and his children were driving around for nearly two hours before Koeberl lost consciousness.

Online court records indicate that Koeberl has two prior OWI convictions on his record. If convicted of the new charges, he could face up to more than five years behind bars and $36,500 in fines.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 16.

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