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Man charged with DUI homicide in Wisconsin

A man is facing serious charges following an accident that killed a motorcyclist in Dane County. Wisconsin authorities arrested the 22-year-old man after the Aug. 6 accident that claimed the life of a 46-year-old man. The younger man is believed to have been drunk behind the wheel, so he faces a charge of homicide by DUI. Court records do not list the man's defense representation at this time. 

According to the accident report, it appears the man struck the motorcyclist when the other driver was stopped at a traffic light in Springfield. The force of the impact killed the motorcyclist on the scene. Police arrived and interviewed the younger man, who reportedly told a sheriff's deputy that he had consumed two shots of vodka less than 45 minutes before the accident happened. When asked, he said he felt impaired. 

Police then administered a breath test, which returned a blood alcohol concentration of 0.11 percent, well above the legal limit of .08 percent. The man attended a virtual court appearance on Aug. 17, where his bail was set at $5,000. Further court dates have yet to be scheduled. 

If the man is found guilty of DUI homicide, he could lose his license and face considerable jail time. However, DUI charges are not always easy to convict. It will be up to Wisconsin authorities to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the man was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Alcohol affects people differently, and the man's defense attorney may wish to look into the possibility that the alcohol may not have contributed to the tragic death of the motorcyclist, even if the man was drinking before driving. 

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