Deputies: Drunken driver involved in 2 crashes

Nobody injured in either crash
Deputies: Drunken driver involved in 2 crashes
Michael D. Golownia

A Janesville man suspected of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated was involved in two crashes Wednesday evening, according to a release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to U.S. Highway 14/11 and South Van Allen Road at 6 p.m. for a report of a car that crossed the center line several times. Deputies said the car turned onto East County Road O, where it crossed the center line and struck a westbound vehicle head-on.

The driver of the car, Michael D. Golownia, 27, tried to leave the scene but was unable to get his car out of the ditch, deputies said.

Deputies said Golownia smelled of intoxicants and admitted to drinking. While at the scene, deputies learned that Golownia rear-ended another vehicle while traveling on Highway 14 and left the scene without reporting it, according to a news release.

A search of his car turned up 44 grams of marijuana and evidence of narcotics delivery, deputies said.

Golownia was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Janesville as a precaution, but no other injuries were reported by the drivers of the other two vehicles involved in the crashes.

Golownia was arrested on suspicion of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was cited on suspicion of operating while revoked, hit-and-run, operating left of center and following too close.