Lake Geneva man arrested for smoking marijuana while driving with kids

JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A Lake Geneva man was arrested after admitting to police he smoked marijuana while driving home from Wisconsin Dells. Police say he had two children in the car with him and was going 95 miles an hour.

Saturday around 5:45 p.m., a Rock County Sheriff's Deputy stopped a car going 95 miles an hour on East Highway 11/14 by Henke Road just outside of Janesville. The deputy smelled marijuana coming from inside the car and asked the driver, 33-year-old James Gronert, to perform a field sobriety test. 

The sheriff's office says Gronert admitted to smoking marijuana while he was driving. He had two children under the age of 16 in the car with him.

Gronert has three prior OWI convictions on his record, according to the Rock County Sheriff's Office. He was arrested Saturday for operating a vehicle with a detectable amount of a controlled substance (fourth offense) with passengers under the age of 16, a felony in Wisconsin.

The deputy searched Gronert's vehicle and found marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Gronert was also arrested for possession of THC and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gronert was taken to the Rock County Jail where he consented to a blood draw. He's being held in jail until he appears in court.

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