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Woman charged for crash involving Walworth County sheriff

Mike Heine/The Week

(Published March. 26, 2007, 9:38 a.m.)

An East Troy woman suspected of crashing head-on into Walworth County Sheriff David Graves' personal vehicle has been charged with nine misdemeanors, six of which are alcohol-related.

Dana E. Wolf, 51, of N8161 Pleasant Lake Road faces up to six years behind bars if convicted of driving her sports utility vehicle, while drunk, over the centerline and into Graves' SUV/station wagon the night of Feb. 23.

She is charged with six counts of causing injury by drunken driving and three counts of reckless driving that caused harm.

According to a criminal complaint, Wolf told police she had four beers at a tavern just south of the crash site on Highway 12/67 near County A. Her blood-alcohol level was 0.253 percent, more than three times Wisconsin's 0.08 percent limit for driving.

Witnesses following Wolf northbound told police the SUV was in the southbound lane for about a mile. Two other cars had to swerve to avoid being struck.

The road was snow-covered and slippery, and it was snowing at the time of the accident, about 10 p.m., the complaint said.

Graves noticed the vehicle coming toward him and attempted to pull off onto the shoulder. The SUV mirrored his move, Graves told The Janesville Gazette in an earlier interview.

Graves swerved back, and the SUV did the same, making the crash unavoidable, Graves said.

Graves; his wife, Connie; daughter Shannon and niece Sarah Johnson suffered minor injuries and were treated at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center.

Wolf was uninjured.

She posted a $500 bond after the accident. Bail was modified to a $2,500 signature bond Friday.

The Kenosha County District Attorney's Office is prosecuting the case to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

The Wisconsin State Patrol investigated the crash.


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