Driver in fatal crash arrested for 3rd OWI in 8 days
ARENA, Wis. — The surviving driver in a fatal head-on crash in Iowa County last Friday said she had been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving three times in three days, according to court documents.
Kelly Johnsrud, 53, is facing charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle for the crash on Highway 14 near Arena in Iowa County. The other driver, 38-year-old Kevin Kaltenberg, of Hillsboro, was found dead at the scene of the accident, according to police.
A spokesperson for the Dane County Sheriff’s Office confirms Johnsrud was arrested for her second OWI on Oct. 5 in Cross Plains. The next night, Grant County officials say she crashed her car in a ditch in Muscoda. She was arrested Oct. 7 on suspicion of OWI following that crash.
Johnsrud told a sheriff’s deputy she had drunk two beers and a Four Loco in the car on her drive from Muscoda to visit her boyfriend in Madison Oct. 13. It is about a 30-minute drive from Muscoda to the location of the crash, according to court documents.
Iowa County Sheriff Steve Michek said because Johnsrud’s two prior arrest charges are still pending, it was easy for her to continue driving.
“T hey are still driving because those arrests are still pending. We can’t count that as a conviction at this day and time,” Michek said. “Our hope is we can get a fair and speedy trial more quickly for individuals who have substance abuse issues, maybe making us more capable of getting a handle on the problem.”
Johnsrud was not arrested at the scene due to her injuries, but was admitted overnight to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital. A sheriff’s deputy says he asked Johnsrud if she would submit to a blood test while in the hospital. The deputy says Johnsrud agreed and “made a comment stating that this is her third time being arrested for drunk driving in the last three days.”
“We are extremely frustrated by the fact that there are individuals that continue to drive on our roads, highways and put people in jeopardy knowing they have a substance abuse problem drugs or alcohol. They continue to drive and put all of us at risk that is alarming, disturbing and downright dangerous,” Michek said.
Johnsrud is scheduled to be back in court Oct. 24.
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