Friday, May 3, 2013
Wisconsin's drunk driving-related incidents are the highest in the United States and state Legislators have crafted six bills to confront the issue, but they carries a hefty price tag.
Some state Republican Legislators want to toughen the laws for habitual drunk drivers and first-time drunk drivers if they cause an injury or killed someone, but the price tag for those laws could cost taxpayers up to $236 million, according to a story in the Wisconsin State Journal. Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) have introduced six bills to the Senate and House. The bills would: Because of the jail time provisions, the state expects to have to build 17 facilities that would each house 300 people. "A fiscal estimate from the state Department of Corrections put the cost of the bill regarding third and subsequent offenses at between $169 million and $204 million annually. Other agencies also weighed in, …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
An Oak Creek man arrested for drunk driving last week has six prior convictions, but only one since 1996. How much should that time span factor into what punishment he faces now, if at all?
Should the time between drunk driving arrests have an impact on how those people are handled in the courts? An Oak Creek man was arrested for operating while intoxicated last week near Mitchell International Airport. The 51-year-old man has six prior convictions, but only one in the last 16 years. If a person’s second OWI comes at least 10 years after the first, then it is generally treated like a “first offense” in Wisconsin. But if it happens a third time — no matter when any of them occurred — then the person is considered to have two first-offense convictions and a third-offense conviction. In the case of the Oak Creek man, he was given a two-year prison sentence for his sixth offense, in 2002, but it was “stayed,” essentially turning …
Friday, August 3, 2012
An updated criminal complaint filed against Edgar Montano in the death of 48-year-old Jean Feagles alleges that Montano was driving drunk in the hit-and-run car accident on July 21.
The 28-year-old Waukesha man accused of killing 48-year-old Jean Feagles of Waukesha during an alleged drunken driving hit-and-run crash now faces additional charges after a passenger in his car had a miscarriage following the accident, according to court records. Edgar Montano remains jailed in lieu of $250,000. His preliminary hearing was delayed until Sept. 6 after District Attorney Brad Schimel amended a criminal complaint to include two additional felony charges against Montano. Montano previously was not charged with operating while intoxicated because police did not have blood evidence immediately after the crash. However, Montano is now charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and homicide of an unborn child by …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Suspect is caught driving in Town of Ottawa with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.
A 42-year-old Waukesha man is facing his eighth drunken driving charge after he was pulled over for driving recklessly in Town of Ottawa Saturday. Scott A. Martin was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Tuesday with one count of eighth offense operating while intoxicated. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources ranger on patrol Saturday was contacted after a reckless driver was spotted on southbound Highway 67 near Highway 18 in Dousman. The ranger caught up Martin, who was driving a pickup truck and made a wide turn onto westbound Highway ZZ and continued to swerve and vary speeds between 20 miles per hour and 60 miles …
Friday, April 20, 2012
Suspect hits pedestrian and leaves the scene after drinking at several bars on Bluemound Road.
A 43-year-old Pewaukee woman is facing charges after she allegedly hit a pedestrian with her SUV in Wauwatosa and then left the accident after drinking at several taverns on Bluemound Road. Lisa Lynn Fugina was charged Tuesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with one count of hit-and-run causing injury, one count of operating while intoxicated and causing injury, and one count of operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration causing injury. If convicted, she faces nearly three years in prison and $14,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: On April 6, Fugina was travelling on westbound Wisconsin Avenue when she turned onto southbound North 68th Street in front of a bus that had just begun moving from a bus …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Scattering sparks and parts and scarring the pavement the whole way, intoxicated driver screeched and scraped more than halfway across the city until he woke a resident, who reported him.
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- Jim Price
Friday, April 13, 2012
A Wauwatosa resident who was brought to a rude awakening in the wee hours Monday called police after he heard and saw a car pass his Swan Park home streaming sparks and screeching like a banshee. He told officers he awoke after 3 a.m. to his dogs' wild barking – no doubt their sensitive ears were already hurting – and then heard a “horrible loud scraping” growing closer. He looked out from his home in the 9300 block of Wilson Boulevard to see a late-'90s Camaro pass by, riding, he said, on at least two and possibly three wheel rims and lighting up the street with showers of sparking metal. At 3:19 a.m., Wauwatosa police found the car stopped in the 9800 block of Ridge Boulevard, just short of reaching Menomonee River Parkway. The car had …
Friday, May 27, 2011
The Southeast Wisconsin Drunk Driving Task Force will deploy on Saturday night.
In the hopes of taking drunk drivers off the road, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department and 15 other agencies that are part of the Southeast Wisconsin Drunk Driving Task Force will be out in full force for the Memorial Day weekend. Deployment of officers will start on Saturday at 8 p.m. and end at Sunday at 4 a.m. Police deparments participating are Greendale, Bayside, City of Brookfield police department, Franklin police department, South Milwaukee police department, Town of Brookfield police department, Wauwatosa police department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Menomonee Falls police department, Cudahy police department, St. Francis police department, Milwaukee police department, West Allis police department and Elm Grove police …
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The Drunk Driving Task Force will be out in full force on Thursday.
Lt. William A. Brown of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office reminded people that officers will be out in full force, and this is "your warning" to not drive drunk. He said that according to a Dec. 19, 2009, report by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Wisconsin has the highest rate in the nation of people who admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year; 23.7 percent. In comparison, the national average is only 13.2 percent. Wisconsin is also ranked number one in the nation for binge drinking among adults. There are 15 agencies in the task force including Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, City of Brookfield police department, Franklin police department, South Milwaukee police department, Town of …