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August 23, 2019

6/6/2019 7:27:00 AM
St. Germain woman accused of injuring three children in OWI case
Abigail Bostwick
of the Lakeland Times

Following an April one-car rollover crash that left four injured, including three children, a 51-year-old St. Germain woman is facing six felonies in Vilas County Circuit Court.

The accident was reported via 9-1-1 on State Highway 70 near Lake Content Road in the town of St. Germain just after 4:30 p.m. by a resident who said the car had crashed in the ditch outside his home. He told dispatch it appeared at least two people were laying outside the vehicle while two other children were "running around."

A responding deputy found Karen Ives facedown in a snowbank, heavily bleeding from her head and barely conscious, according to court records.

The deputy observed the scent of intoxicants coming from her person, court reports indicate. A eight-year-old boy told an officer he was OK while an older boy, 12, said he had bumped his head and it hurt, but he was also OK. A juvenile female, age 6, laying the ditch was said to be screaming and crying with bruising and blood coming from her mouth. She and Ives had been ejected.

The father of the children and ex-husband of Ives arrived at the scene shortly thereafter, requesting alcohol tests on Ives, police reports state.

All four involved in the crash were transported to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff with non life-threatening injuries.

Evidence was taken from the scene, including numerous single serve bottles of wine found scattered around the scene. Some were empty, others partially empty and some full, it was noted in court records.

When interviewed at the hospital, Ives confirmed to a deputy she had been drinking before operating the car that evening. She consented to a blood draw, which came in at .258.

In court, Ives faces three filed charges of operating while intoxicated second offense, causing injury to a passenger under 16 and three charges of operating while intoxicated second offense, causing injury to a passenger under 16 with a prohibited blood alcohol concentration, all felonies. She also has been cited with failing to keep a vehicle under control, a traffic forfeiture.

Ives has a prior conviction in Waukesha County for operating while intoxicated in 2003.

Ives is free on a $1,000 signature bond under conditions to not consume intoxicants and maintain absolute sobriety.

She is set for an initial appearance June 17.

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