Emergency workers responded to a one-car rollover Thursday, February 16, on westbound Highway 67 in Turtle Township. The crash took place two miles from Beloit, and involved 45 year-old Beloit resident John Shallenberger.
Shallenberger was heading west in his 1999 Ford F-150 pickup, and lost control of his vehicle when he attempted to light a cigarette while driving. Shallenberger’s out-of-control vehicle went into the north ditch of the highway, at which point he overcorrected his steering and crossed into the south ditch, causing the vehicle to roll over.
Emergency workers took Shallenberger to be treated for a head injury at Beloit Memorial Hospital. Upon his release from the hospital, Shallenberger will be transferred to the Rock County Jail to await his court appearance.
Police arreseted Shallenberger for his fifth offense of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated and also cited him for Failure to Maintain Control.
According to the laws of the state of Wisconsin, being convicted of drunk driving for a fourth or fifth time is a felony offense, and could result in mandatory jail time, fines, and court-required forfeitures, such as loss of the guilty party’s car. It is quite common, however, for judges to assign even harsher penalties in cases of repeat drunk driving.
The attorneys and staff of the Madison office of the Hupy and Abraham law firm are distressed at each instance of drunk driving. We firmly believe that traffic safety is everyone’s concern, and we are pleased that this accident did not result in more serious injuries.