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Wis. Man Accused Of Drinking 30 Beers Before Crash

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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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