Marshfield man faces seventh OWI
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – A Marshfield man is facing his seventh drunk driving charge after a three-vehicle crash in western Marathon County.
Kevin Kollmansberger, 51, is also accused of driving with a revoked license. He appeared Sept. 17 in Marathon County Circuit Court and is jailed on a $2,000 cash bond.
According to the criminal complaint, a state patrol officer was called to the scene of a Marathon County crash on Sept. 14. The chain-reaction crash occurred at the intersection of County Hwy P and County Hwy F. Police say Kollmansberger’s vehicle hit the back of a vehicle, which then struck the rear end of another vehicle, both of which were stopped at a stop sign.
An eyewitness told police he saw Kollmansberger swerve left and right, hitting the gravel shoulder, and nearly striking several vehicles head-on before the crash.
Police say Kollmansberger refused field sobriety testing and did not consent to a chemical breath test. He was transported to a nearby emergency room, where he allegedly told medical staff he had consumed an entire bottle of vodka before the crash. Blood test results are pending.
Court records indicate Kollmansberger has prior OWI convictions dating back to 1994. His driver’s license was indefinitely revoked in July 2017 for alleged failure to comply with a required driver safety plan.
If he is convicted on the OWI charge, Kollmansberger faces three to 12.5 years in prison. A preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 26.