Driver charged with homicide
Assistant District Attorney Veronica Isherwood filed felony charges Tuesday against the driver accused of killing Matthew J. Egerer, 35, Weyauwega.
Allen D. Guse, 39, Marion is charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and with hit and run causing death.
Guse faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted. He is being held in custody on a $50,000 cash bond.
At about 2:20 a..m. Saturday, March 14, Deputies Bryan Strobusch and Michael Richter were dispatched to a the scene of an accident on State Highway 22/54 near County Road KK in the town of Royalton.
When Strobusch arrived, he reported finding a red Ford F350 Super pickup truck in the south ditch of State 54. The front driver’s side of the truck was severely damaged and there was a trail of debris leading to it.
In the north ditch more than 100 yards away, he found a maroon Ford Windstar minivan with extensive damage to the front, center and rear of the its driver’s side and roof.
Inside the wreckage, Strobusch found Egerer’s body.
At 3:03 a.m., dispatch informed Strobusch that they had received a call from a man at the Eastside Mobil Express on Royalton Street and Tower Road. The caller reported giving a man a ride that he had seen walking along State 54. He said the man’s name was Al and he was injured and bloody.
Waupaca Police Officer Nathan Nelson responded to the Mobil station and met with the caller. He told Nelson that Al was wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans and had left the store on foot, heading north on Tower Road toward County Trunk K.
Strobusch arrived at the Mobil station at 3:08 a.m. and drove north on Tower Road in search of the injured man.
He later found the man, identified as Guse, walking through the CAP Services parking lot on Tower Road.
Guse had several face lacerations, his hands were cut up and there was blood on his sweatshirt.
According to the criminal complaint, Guse’s eyes appeared glassy and bloodshot. He failed to pass the field sobriety tests. And he refused to answer most of Strobusch’s questions.
A preliminary breath test indicated that Guse had a 0.171 blood-alcohol level, more than twice the legal limit.
Strobusch transported Guse to Riverside Medical Center where Guse refused to submit to a blood draw.
Strobusch called Judge Vicki Clussman at 4:04 a.m. and she ordered a blood draw because she believed there was probable cause.
When Strobusch took Guse to jail, he confiscated Guse’s cell phone, noting that Guse had not called to report the crash.
While Strobusch was processing Guse, Richter and Wisconsin State Trooper Mark Andraschko were examining the scene to reconstruct the crash.
Guse’s pickup was eastbound on State 22/54 on a curve about 900 feet west of County KK when it crossed the centerline.
The truck collided with the driver’s side of Egerer’s minivan, went into the south ditch, rolled and came to rest on its wheels.
The minivan was knocked nearly 100 yards from the point of impact and came to rest in the north ditch.
In July 2011, Guse was charged with two felony counts of reckless endangerment after Deputy Jon Loken saw him driving a truck on State Highway 110, dragging a large tractor tire with two males riding in it. One of the felony charges was dismissed, while the second charge was amended to a disorderly conduct citation.
Police have issued 15 traffic citations against Guse since 2010, including tickets for reckless driving, failure to keep a vehicle under control, failure to notify police of an accident, hit-and-run and speeding.