RACINE COUNTY, WI — A 46-year-old man faces his sixth OWI charge after a crash late Wednesday that left him seriously injured off Wisconsin Highway 36 near the town of Norway, reports TMJ4.
Deputies with the Racine County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene at the intersection with South Wind Lake Road, shortly after 11:00 p.m.
An early investigation shows the man was driving a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck westbound on Wind Lake Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the highway intersection. Moments later, the Tacoma collided with a semi-truck.
Officials said the impact of the crash sent the Tacoma eastbound over the median before it came to rest in the ditch.
The driver of the Tacoma, an Eagle resident, was found seriously hurt and unconscious. He was removed from the vehicle as smoke began coming out from the engine compartment. Medics rushed him to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
No injuries to the the semi driver, a 45-year-old Milwaukee man, were reported.
The RCSO said both speed and alcohol factored into the accident. Authorities noted the suspect had five prior convictions for Operating While Intoxicated and will soon face his sixth OWI charge.
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