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Reedsburg man charged with injuring 3 in drunken driving crash

December 27, 2018
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Authorities say a Reedsburg man injured three people in a drunken driving crash over the weekend.

According to a criminal complaint, a sedan driven by 25-year-old Ryan N. Heiner was headed south on Highway 12 in the town of Prairie du Sac shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday when it crossed the center line and struck two other vehicles.

A Sauk County Sheriff’s Office deputy who arrived on scene spoke with Heiner as he sat in his vehicle. The complaint states that Heiner told the deputy he was passing another vehicle when the road “caught” his sedan.

He told the deputy he was not able to correct the vehicle and drove into the ditch. “Heiner made no mention of striking any vehicle,” the deputy reported.

The complaint said Heiner smelled strongly of intoxicants and spoke with thick, slurred speech. Although he initially denied consuming alcohol, he later allegedly admitted to drinking two mixed drinks about three hours prior to the incident.

The deputy reported that Heiner was unsteady on his feet, and that a preliminary breath test revealed he had a blood-alcohol content of .21. That’s more than 2½ times the legal limit to drive in Wisconsin.

The first vehicle struck by Heiner’s sedan contained two people who were transported to Sauk Prairie Hospital. One of them suffered a sprained ankle, and reported having a sore neck, head, chest and shoulder. The other reported hip pain, according to the complaint.

A second vehicle that was traveling behind that one and also was struck contained one person who reported an injury to her hand.

Prosecutors have charged Heiner with three counts of second-offense drunken driving causing injury. Each count carries a maximum possible prison sentence of six years.

Heiner was convicted of drunken driving in November 2014, according to court documents.

He also has a pending misdemeanor drunken driving case in Dane County. In November, he was released on a signature bond under the condition that he not operate a motor vehicle with any alcohol in his system.

In Sauk County Circuit Court on Wednesday, a judge set a $750 cash bond in Heiner’s new case.

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