A Caledonia crash has led to a Caledonia man’s seventh drunken driving charge.
If convicted, David L. Dahle, 63, could be fined up to $25,000 and serve as many as five years in prison.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Racine County Circuit Court, police were called to the intersection of Highway 31 and 6 Mile Road in Caledonia for a three-vehicle crash.
A woman reported she was driving east on 6 Mile Road and proceeded because she thought it was her turn. As she went through, Dahle proceeded through the intersection, crashing into her vehicle, which then collided with the third vehicle.
The occupants of the two other vehicles reported no injuries, however Dahle had cuts on his leg. When he was asked to do field sobriety tests, he screamed in pain and laid on the ground. He was treated by rescue personnel.
Officers reported Dahle had been stumbling and refused to answer questions. A preliminary breath test showed an alcohol concentration of 0.16, twice the legal limit.
An officer also reported seeing two 80 proof brandy bottles on the front seat of the vehicle.
His prior drunken driving convictions came in 1989, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2008 and 2012.
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