Senior skip day ends with car crash, arrest

Published on: 5/17/2011

A Wauwatosa West student's senior skip day ended on a sour note last week when he was arrested for drunken driving after he flipped his car in a crash.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

Officers responded to a report of a rollover accident in the 12700 block of North 124th Street about 6:15 p.m. May 11. Witnesses said the 18-year-old Milwaukee man's vehicle was headed north on 124th when it swerved, hitting a fire hydrant and tree, which caused the vehicle to flip.

The man was outside the vehicle when officers arrived, and he was treated on the scene for minor cuts.

When police asked the man what had happened, he said he was drunk and texting while driving. The man said it was senior skip day at Wauwatosa West, and he and several other classmates had gone to the Milwaukee Brewers game earlier in the day. He said he had two beers while tailgating in the parking lot.

He refused to take field sobriety tests, and blood was drawn to determine his level of intoxication.

The man was arrested for drunken driving and cited for texting while driving and underage consumption of alcohol.

Police also cited another student at the scene of the accident. The 17-year-old Wauwatosa boy approached the accident scene and said he knew the driver of the vehicle and wanted to make sure he wasn't hurt.

He said he was being driven home by another friend when he saw the accident scene.

Officers said the boy appeared dazed, and he admitted to consuming mixed drinks during the tailgate at the Brewers game. Police also found 0.48 grams of marijuana in his possession.

He was cited for underage consumption of alcohol and marijuana possession.