Posted on Oct 03, 2011

Earlier this year, Tony Godbolt, aged 21, of Milwaukee, got an early morning phone call to inform him of the death of his stepfather. He went to awaken his girlfriend, Melissa Martinez, and they took off in a silver Honda from Oshkosh to his Milwaukee home, driving southbound on Highway 41 where, near Lomira at around 6 a.m. the car suddenly crossed the center line and rolled over several times. According to witnesses, the accident happened at around 6 a.m. and the car was traveling at high speed.

Martinez was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, landing on the pavement. She was transferred to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital with several broken bones and head injuries. Godbolt was not injured.

Godbolt registered .095 percent blood-alcohol content and was aged 20 at the time of the crash. He admitted having been at a party celebrating a friend's 21st birthday, but said he thought he wasn't intoxicated when he took the car. Godbolt also confessed to having smoked marijuana the previous day. Investigators had found narcotics at the scene of the accident.

Charged with two counts of injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, one count of use of a vehicle with controlled substance in blood, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license and causing great bodily harm, Godbolt could face up to 38 years in prison.