NWGA Scanner | January 15th, 2022

Wisconsin man arrested for DUI after 911 call from concerned citizen on I-75 in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, on January 4th, 2022, at around 1:25, Whitfield County Dispatch received a 911 call. According to the report, “The caller stated that a white Dodge was swerving into other lanes on I-75 southbound near mile marker 333. The caller stated that he believed the tag was 73629. Whitfield County Dispatch put a be on the lookout (BOLO) over the radio. Deputy Sharpe advised that he would be on I-75 328 entrance ramp waiting on the vehicle. Deputy Halpin was also waiting on the entrance ramp.” Deputy Sharpe located the white Dodge Ram with Wisconsin tag 73693. The vehicle was driving all over the roadway and was unable to maintain its lane. Deputy Sharpe conducted a traffic stop on I-75 near mile marker 327. According to the report, “Deputy Sharpe approached the vehicle on the passenger side. Deputy Halpin walked to the driver’s side. Both windows were rolled up. Deputy Sharpe tapped on the passenger side window to get the driver Mario Graceffa, 47, of Waupaca, WI, to roll it down. At first, Mr. Graceffa appeared not to want to roll the window down. Mr. Graceffa finally cracked the window down. Deputy Sharpe could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting off Mr. Graceffa as soon as he cracked the window. Deputy Sharpe told Mr. Graceffa to turn the vehicle off and step out. Mr. Graceffa kept questioning why he had to step out.” Graceffa was observed as being very unsteady walking to the back of the vehicle. According to the report, “Deputy Sharpe asked Mr. Graceffa if he had been drinking today. Mr. Graceffa responded by saying he had four Pina Colada in Kentucky. Mr. Graceffa then stated he had a master’s degree. Mr. Graceffa kept saying he worked in law enforcement for 20 years. Mr. Graceffa told Deputy Sharpe that he could just get him somewhere. Mr. Graceffa stated that he saw the hotels. Graceffa then stated he could not do the field sobriety tests due to heart issues. Sharpe then asked Mr. Graceffa to blow into a mobile breathalyzer. Mr. Graceffa stated he did want to do it because he would fail. Mr. Graceffa then stated to Deputy Sharpe that you got the arrest. Mr. Graceffa asked Deputy Sharpe if he could do him a solid because he was a cop for 20 years. Mr. Graceffa then asked if Deputy Sharpe could hook him up and take him to a hotel. Mr. Graceffa asked once more if Deputy Sharpe could hook him up and then stated your that guy.” Graceffa then stated he was way over the influence. Graceffa was placed under arrest for DUI and then refused the state test. Deputy Sharpe then searched the vehicle for any substance that would be intoxicating. According to the report, “Two natural light can, bud light can, and three Kessler whiskeys was found in the vehicle. Graceffa was then transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with DUI less safe, failure to maintain lane, and driving while licenses revoked. According to online records, Graceffa was former sergeant with the Waupaca Police Department in Wisconsin.