Crash leads to felony OWI
Two years after an OWI crash, a driver injured a passenger in a second crash.
Michael L. Svacina, 23, New London, is charged with causing injury while driving drunk, misdemeanor bail jumping and operating after revocation.
Shortly before midnight Monday, Nov. 6, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Krueger clocked a vehicle traveling 98 mph in a 45 mph speed zone on Jennings Road in the town of Mukwa, according to the criminal complaint.
Krueger was unable to follow the vehicle, but he later located it in the woods, where it crashed near the intersection of Jennings and Dey roads.
Svacina’s passenger suffered a fractured arm, facial contusions and a sprained ankle. He told the deputy that Svacina accelerated after seeing the squad car behind them.
A blood test indicated Svacina had a .14 blood-alcohol content.
Svacina was convicted of his first OWI on Nov. 25, 2015.
On July 5, 2017, he was charged with a second OWI. That case is still pending.
Svacina was released from custody on a $500 signature bond.
In addition to the criminal charges, he was cited for speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign.