Crash scene photo from Nov. 23, 2019, courtesy of the Marathon County Sheriff's Department

By Shereen Siewert

A driver involved in a two-vehicle head-on collision Saturday is facing his six offense operating while intoxicated charges, according to Marathon County Circuit Court documents filed Monday.

Bruce A. Peter, 60, of Athens. Photo courtesy of the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department

The crash was reported at 2:45 p.m. Nov. 23 on County Hwy. K at County Hwy. A. Two people were injured in the crash.

Bruce Peter, 60, of Athens appeared in court Monday, Nov. 25. During an initial appearance he was ordered held on a $7,500 cash bond.

Police say Peter was traveling northbound in a truck and pulled in front of a southbound truck while attempting a left turn onto County Hwy. A.

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According to the police report, Peter admitted drinking alcohol before the crash, but when asked if he would submit to a chemical test of his blood, he repeatedly responded “I don’t know.” Peter was transported to Aspirus Wausau Hospital for treatment of his injuries, where a chemical test was performed. Those results are pending.

Court records show Peter has five prior OWI convictions ranging from 1990 to 2010. A Facebook post from the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department initially stated a charge of 10th offense OWI was expected.

In addition to the felony OWI charge, Peter was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn.

A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 4.