Beaver Dam woman charged with fifth OWI following hit and run

February 9, 2019

JUNEAU — A 42-year-old Beaver Dam woman was charged with her fifth offense of drunken driving after allegedly being involved in a hit-and-run crash in Beaver Dam Thursday night.

Tera Lee Brandt made her initial appearance in court on Friday before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer. She was placed on a $1,500 cash bond with the conditions that she maintain absolute sobriety and may not go upon the premises of any establishment whose primary business activity involves the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages. In addition, she may not operate a motor vehicle without the permission of the court.

Brandt could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted of the charge.

According to the criminal complaint, Beaver Dam Police responded to a hit-and-run crash at the corner of West and Front streets on Thursday at 7 p.m. The vehicle had crashed into a pole, and a woman carrying a mug was seen walking away from the scene.

Police located Brandt in the 300 block of Third Street. She allegedly attempted to hide on one of the front porches on the block after noticing the police. Brandt said she was not injured in the crash and admitted she did not live at the home.

Police said Brandt admitted to drinking alcohol at her home that night beginning around 4 or 5 p.m. She then went to a bar in Beaver Dam and continued drinking.

Brandt submitted to a preliminary breathalyzer test, which resulted in a blood-alcohol level reading of .224, nearly three times the legal limit of .08. Due to her previous convictions, Brandt’s legal limit is .02. She previously was convicted of OWI in 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2006.

Brandt has a preliminary hearing scheduled on Feb. 14 .