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Complaint: Half-full, still cold beer can found in truck involved in fatal crash

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Officers found several beer cans, including one that was half-full and still cold, in a truck involved last week in a fatal crash in a Janesville park, according to court documents.

Christopher Rabuck, 37, was killed in a crash Thursday in Rvierside Park when 71-year-old Michael Perry hit him, another vehicle and a power pole, Janesville police said.

Perry was traveling well above the park's 15 miles per hour posted speed limit when he hit and killed Rabuck, police said.

According to a criminal complaint, Perry told officers he bought beer and went to the park to enjoy the weather.

Perry admitted to officers he had been drinking, but said he did not remember the crash, according to the complaint. Perry told officers he remembered leaving the park and then being pulled from his truck by an officer.

Officials said Perry told them he was not getting out of his truck and that he was going to drive home.

Officers found an open, half-full can of beer that was still cool to the touch in Perry's truck, along with five other cans of beer, two of which were empty, according to the complaint. A preliminary breath test indicated Perry had a .224 percent blood-alcohol content at the time of the crash.

Witnesses told officers Perry was speeding through the park, crashed into another vehicle and kept driving with a missing front wheel.

Perry was charged Tuesday with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. If he is found guilty, he faces up to a $100,000 fine, 25 years in prison or both.

On Wednesday, Perry's cash bail was set at $50,000. If he posts bail, he can't possess or consume alcohol, drive or go into any tavern, restaurant or store that has a license to sell alcohol. He will be back in court Nov. 28.

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