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Ashippun man in court for crash at gas station

August 1, 2018

JUNEAU -- A 59-year-old Ashippun man made his initial appearance in Dodge County Circuit Court on Monday after allegedly injuring a woman in a gas station parking lot in Ashippun.

Lawrence Laven is charged with felony operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing injury, second and subsequent offense.

If convicted, he could see a $10,000 fine and face six years in prison.

Laven appeared before Dodge County Court Commissioner Steven Seim, according to online court records.

Laven was released on a $10,000 signature bond. He was ordered to not have contact or communications with the victim or her husband, maintain absolute sobriety and not go upon the premises of any establishment whose primary business activity involves the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages.

According to the criminal complaint, a Dodge County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the accident at 3:15 p.m. Saturday when Laven allegedly admitted to operating his car and backing into another vehicle. While backing up, Laven pinned a 26-year-old woman in between his car and her own vehicle. The woman was transported by ambulance to an area hospital.

Laven allegedly said that he did not see the vehicle pull up behind him, but the deputy also could smell alcohol on Laven’s breath.

Laven told the deputy he had a drink earlier in the morning and was on hydrocodone because of oral surgery, according to the criminal complaint.

He submitted to a breathalyzer test, which revealed a .163 blood-alcohol level reading.

Laven was convicted of OWI in 1991 and 2015.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 20.

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