A Polk County Investigator was charged in Barron County Circuit Court earlier this month with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and two counts of possession of a firearm while intoxicated. 

Anthony F. Grimm, 47, Amery, is also facing a charge of having a prohibited alcohol concentration greater than .08 or more. 

He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on the charges 11 a.m., October 14. 

According to the criminal complaint: 

The Cameron Police Department was advised of a silver SUV all over the road, going at least 80 miles per hour on Highway SS toward Cameron around 9:30 p.m., July 5. 

Officers were then advised the vehicle turned westbound on US Highway 8, and when he arrived on Highway 8, he noticed the SUV traveling at a low rate of speed, changing lanes slowly without signaling and swerving within its lane. 

Upon reaching the vehicle, Grimm identified himself to the officer. Grimm admitted to drinking, exhibiting slurred speech and occasionally swaying while standing. Grimm’s eyes were turning slightly pink and glossy. 

The officer asked Grimm if he would be willing to go through field sobriety tests, and the defendant stated “no chance” and also refused to submit to a preliminary breath test. 

Grimm told the officer he had two firearms in his vehicle, a 9 mm and a 32 caliber. He believed they were loaded and had a bullet in the chamber.  A search of the vehicle, resulted in a Ruger 1911, which didn’t have a magazine inserted and no rounds in the chamber and a Beretta, which did have a magazine with rounds in it loaded into the firearm, but no round in the chamber. 

A blood test was eventually done and the results showed on Aug. 6, Grimm had a blood-alcohol concentration of .237. 

Polk County Sheriff Brent Waak sent out a press release after charges were filed. It states Grimm was off-duty when the arrest happened and he was placed on administrative leave immediately following the incident. Grimm was assigned to general investigations since January 2020.  

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