Biker injured after being hit by repeat drunk driver

59-year-old faces 8th OWI, hit-and-run charges, officials say
Biker injured after being hit by repeat drunk driver
Jeffrey Vujnovich

A Markesan biker is recovering in the hospital after a crash last Wednesday, in which Green Lake County officials said he was hit by a multi-time drunk driver.

The crash happened outside Markesan near the intersection of Highway 73 and Highway H.

Terry Habeger, 69, an avid biker who has ridden thousands of miles across country over the years, was allegedly hit by 59-year-old Jeffrey Vujnovich. Authorities said Vujnovich fled the scene and returned only after he was followed by a witness.

Police arrested him on multiple charges, including his eighth operating while intoxicated charge.

“To think that he had been picked up that many times and he was driving even though he didn’t have a license, I’m like, ‘How does this happen?'” Terry’s wife, Nancy Habeger, said. “How do they allow these people out?”

Vujnovich’s seventh OWI was in 2008, when police say he blew a 0.14 percent blood alcohol content in downtown Beaver Dam.

He was sentenced to three years in prison and four years of extended supervision, but served 16 months and was released. He was granted an occupational license by a judge in 2011 to drive to work despite being denied the license by the DMV. Vujnovich is likely facing multiple charges in the crash involving Habeger.

“There’s just no excuse for that kind of thing to happen,” said Terry Habeger, who said he doesn’t remember the crash. “We all have tragedies in our lives that can’t be averted, but this type of thing can be averted.”

Habeger is now recovering at UW Hospital with a broken hip and pelvis, five broken ribs and a punctured lung.

The Green Lake County district attorney said he will likely to file a complaint in the case soon. Sheriff’s officials recommended charges of eight OWI, hit-and-run causing great bodily harm and injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle.

Nancy Habeger is hoping for justice in the case.

“Obviously if he’s had eight OWIs, that didn’t stop him,” Habeger said. “So lock him up and throw away the key.”

Vujnovich is expected in court Monday morning.