Clark Pagel, administrator of judicial studies at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids
from Stevens Point (WI) Journal Thu 6-Sept-2001
Suspect mailed ticket for drinking By Gena Kittner
Plover officers informed a man charged in a drunken-driving accident that he would receive a citation in the mail for underage drinking, police said.
Stanley J. Skrzypkowski, 20, 5462 Pleasant Drive, is accused of driving drunk and causing serious injury to two friends, James Box, 18, Plover, and Chad Peper, 21, Amherst, at 3:35 a.m. on Aug. 18.
Court documents said Plover police responded to a loud party less than two hours earlier and encountered Skrzypkowski. He was given a preliminary breath test and registered .17, almost twice the limit for legal-age adults. Skrzypkowski and others as-sured officers he wouldn't drive that night, according to the complaint.
"It's hard to say how the police handled the incident. It depends on the circumstances," Plover Police Chief Roger Zebro said Wednesday.
Zebro declined to comment on the details of the incident, or on department polices on citing underage drinkers.
Scott Roberts, lawyer for the village, declined to release a police report, citing a 1996 Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling, Woznicki vs. Erickson, that allows people named in public records to be notified and given a chance to intervene.
Clark Pagel, administrator of judicial studies at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids, said standard procedures on handling underage drinkers can differ.
Usually, if an underage person has been drinking, they would be arrested, Pagel said.
Skrzypkowski is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 3 p.m. Oct. 9 in Branch I of Portage County Circuit Court. His blood alcohol level at the time of the accident was .15, according to court complaints.
Peper suffered multiple fractures, including breaks to his clavicle and spine. Box had multiple injuries, including broken ribs and a lacerated liver.
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