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Dane Co. DA ticketed in 1986 alcohol-related crash


MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne's campaign has come forward and revealed the Democratic Wisconsin Attorney General hopeful was ticketed in 1986 for an alcohol-related crash.

Ozanne was 16 years old at the time and was cited under Wisconsin's "Not a Drop" law, which prohibits any driver under the legal drinking age from having any alcohol in their system. 

Ozanne's campaign tells 27 News the candidate took a Breathalyzer test that showed he had a blood alcohol content of .04 after the single-car crash. That's below the legal limit at the time of .1, so he was not ticketed for drunken driving.

"This was a mistake I made as a teenager and I learned a valuable lesson," Ozanne said in a statement provided to 27 news. "I took responsibility for my actions and I knew, even then, how fortunate it was that no one was physically injured. Now, 28 years later, I look back on that incident and, as a father and as a prosecutor, I am reminded that we must be vigilant about teaching our kids to make good decisions when they get behind the wheel."

The revelations about Ozanne's alcohol-related crash come just one day after Republican candidate for Attorney General Brad Schimel's campaign acknowledged an OWI ticket in 1990, to which Schimel pleaded guilty. Schimel is the current Waukesha County District Attorney. 

Ozanne's campaign disclosed the ticket Thursday in response to questions from the Associated Press. 

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