Beaver Dam man found guilty of 2016 accident

August 7, 2018

JUNEAU — A 37-year-old Beaver Dam man was found guilty of a January 2016 car crash that caused life-threatening injuries to an 18-year-old man.

Raymond L. Cody appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer and entered a no contest plea to a felony charge of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Bauer accepted his plea and found him guilty. Additional charges that were dismissed but read into the record included use of a vehicle with controlled substance in blood causing great bodily harm, injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle and fourth offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

According to the criminal complaint, Dodge County deputies and Wisconsin state troopers arrived at a two-vehicle crash at N7404 Highway G in the town of Westford Jan. 26, 2016, at 9:50 p.m. Cody was trapped in his truck and Beaver Dam Fire and EMS were tending to three teens in a car that was in a ditch.

Police found that Cody’s truck went into the wrong lane on Highway G and collided with the car the 18-year-old was driving.

Deputies spoke to Cody and asked him what was going on and Cody responded, “Bad luck.” Cody said he was coming from Fox Lake and going to his dad’s house in Beaver Dam. He admitted to drinking, but said, “To be honest with you, I can’t quite tell you what it was.” Cody was removed from his vehicle at 11:30 p.m. and deputies saw a small bag of marijuana just outside the door of the truck.

Cody had prior drunken driving convictions — twice in 2002 and once in 2011. He was taken to Beaver Dam Community Hospital, but refused to submit to a blood test. A search warrant was obtained that night to test his blood, which resulted in a blood-alcohol level of .245, more than three times the legal limit to drive. There also was evidence of marijuana and cocaine use.

The 18-year-old was flown by Med Flight to UW Hospital after being extracted from his car. Deputies later spoke to the teen’s father, who told them that his son had lost the middle finger and had two different broken fingers on his left hand, a compound fracture to his upper left arm, in excess of 200 stitches in his head and head trauma.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22.

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