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Criminal charges filed in alcohol-fueled rollover crash

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By Shereen Siewert

A 31-year-old Hatley man is facing criminal charges in connection with a June 22 rollover crash in the town of Bevent.

Police say Tommy Riedner was driving under the influence of alcohol and without a valid license, without insurance and without a valid vehicle registration when his pickup veered into the ditch on Hwy. Y near the intersection of Plover Road and overturned.

Riedner was ejected from the vehicle and was airlifted to a local hospital with injuries that included several fractures to his back, according to the criminal complaint.

A passenger in the vehicle, a 19-year-old Wausau woman, was also injured and was transported via ambulance to a local hospital, police said. The woman is expected to recover.

No seatbelts were used, according to the report.

Felony charges were filed Wednesday in Marathon County Circuit Court against Riedner, who faces a single count of OWI causing injury.  Blood test results taken at a local hospital shortly after the crash showed Riedner had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.18 percent, according to the criminal complaint. The legal limit for driving in Wisconsin is 0.08 percent.

Riedner has one prior OWI conviction from March 2016, court records show.

The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Riedner is due in court in August.

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