Wis. Man Accused Of Drinking 30 Beers Before Crash

JUNEAU, Wis. (AP) — A Fox Lake man accused of drinking at least 30 beers before causing a crash that injured five people has been bound over for trial.

Brandon M. Smith waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday. The 27-year-old is charged with second-offense driving while intoxicating, causing injury.

The Reporter in Fond du Lac says as a repeat offender Smith faces up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Smith told investigators he drank at least 30 beers on Aug. 20, then later lost control of his vehicle and collided with an oncoming vehicle. The other driver says she and her four passengers suffered neck and back injuries.

The criminal complaint says Smith’s probation terms at the time prohibited him from drinking.

Defense attorney Steven Luchsinger declined to comment Friday.

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  • Sarah

    30 beers………..that’s typical for Wisconsin.
    They can drink over there!

  • .45

    30 beers and he was on probation. Are you serious probably for an alcohol related issue? Now he could have killed some innocent person. People like this guy make me sick I hope they lock his A** up for a good long time to make him think

  • markH

    The problem is the we do tolerate drunken driving by virtue of the fact that we allow drinkers to gauge their own blood alcohol content (as if this feat would be any easier while sober) after they have begun drinking. This is insanity. This puts the drinker in the precarious position of determining his own level of competence WHILE his/her judgement is being eroded. What we need is ZERO BAC while behind the wheel; for the sake of the innocent families on our roadways, let’s take the insane guess work away from the drinker. Let’s write our laws so that you are forbidden to have a BAC above an amount that equates to a communion wine. Those who do drink and drive (risking innocent lives in the process) should face mandatory jail time for 1st offenses; 30-60 days would NOT be a lenient sentence for first-time offenders. I do not have a Magic 8-Ball, but I can just about guarantee that drunken driving rates would plummet overnight. But as long as out laws coddle and excuse the offender, we can simply expect more of the tragedies we read about every single day. Peace.

  • kevin

    Joe Sensors driver ed teacher~

  • Let's ban alcohol

    We better ban alcohol……..Alcohol does not make people drive drunk, just like guns don’t kill people. People drive drunk and people kill people. Can’t blame it on an object or substance. If you are going to do the crime then you should do the time, period.

  • Joe Six Spliffs

    Aren’t we happy weed is illegal though? I’m happy only safe booze is allowed!

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