A drunk driving accident that injured two has lead to jail time for a Prairie du Sac man. Jose E. Dopico appeared in front of a Sauk County Circuit Court judge and pled no contest to the misdemeanor charges brought against him. Dopico was sentenced to four months in county jail and was ordered to pay more than $1700 in fines and fees. In addition, he will be required to take alcohol and drug abuse treatment. He has been given work-release privileges.
The accident occurred in May 2009. Dopico was traveling erratically along Highway 12 in Baraboo, Wis. when his minivan hit a Jeep SUV. When a Sauk County deputy sheriff arrived on the scene he found a woman, the driver of the SUV, on the ground with an obvious leg wound. In addition, a passenger in the minivan received a serious head wound.
Field sobriety tests were administered and Dopico failed them. He admitted to drinking six beers in a two hour period. A breath alcohol test registered .11 percent; well above Wisconsin's .08 percent limit.
This serious accident, and too many like it, remind us of the dangers of drunk driving. Preventing drunk driving accidents starts with you. Please celebrate the season with caution. The staff and attorneys at Hupy & Abraham urge you to make a plan, choose a designated driver. Arrive alive!