An almost unbelievable series of events took place earlier this week in neighboring Wisconsin when one 63-year-old man from Port Edwards, WI crashed into the same vehicle three times in one afternoon, culminating in his drunk driving arrest.
Police say that the accused man had recently been released from jail and was on probation for a previous incident where he injured another driver while intoxicated. In the most recent case, the man is accused of colliding with the back of a woman’s vehicle at a red light located in Wisconsin Rapids. The woman driving the vehicle apparently got out of her car, yelling at the accused about the accident and demanding that he get his car off her bumper.
The woman then checked her car to be sure it was not damaged, got back inside and prepared to pull away from the light. However, before the woman could drive off the man yet again crashed into the back of her car. The woman, at this point furious, leaped out of her vehicle and began cursing at the accused until he again backed his car up.
The woman told officers that she then jumped back inside of her vehicle and sped away from the intersection in an attempt to put as much distance as possible between herself and the obviously dangerous driver. The woman then drove to a gas station located several blocks away and parked her car, attempting to collect her thoughts.
It was at the gas station, a neighborhood Kwik Trip, where the woman was stunned to see the same man’s vehicle enter the parking lot, jump a curb and proceed to slam into the side of her car, sending the vehicle spinning out of the parking space and into the lane of traffic. The accused apparently parked his car in front of the building and got out, behaving as if everything was fine.
The woman noted in the criminal complaint that at no point did she believe the man had purposely hit her vehicle, instead, she felt he was drunk and unaware of his actions. The accused was arrested again for a probation violation but was immediately released and told to stay away from alcohol until his court date. Only a few days later, police received a call from a concerned neighbor who asked that authorities check in on the man. When they arrived they found him passed out, ultimately arresting him yet again for having consumed alcohol in violation of his probation. When police performed a chemical test to determine the man’s BAC they were all stunned to discover it was 0.378, nearly five times the legal limit. A judge recently heard man’s case and revoked the man’s license for 18 months and ordered him to pay several thousand dollars in fines, install and ignition interlock device on his vehicle and attend alcohol treatment.
Though the driver was punished for his actions, he got off lucky compared to the much harsher laws in Minnesota. Minnesota law says that because the accused would qualify as a repeat offender, he would be subject to a mandatory minimum penalty of 30 days incarceration, at least two of which must be served in jail. For every day less than 30 not served, the offender would have to perform eight hours of community service. These mandatory sentences would continue to escalate for each subsequent arrest, to the point that a person in Minnesota who is convicted of a fifth DWI offense within 10 years would face one year incarceration, at least 60 days would be required to be served consecutively in jail.
Source: “Drunken driver who struck vehicle 3 times gets jail,” published at WisconsinRapidsTribune.com.