A drunk driver took the party on the road, and ended up crashing into a gravestone in Pine Grove Cemetery. The crash happened just after 2 a.m. on Tuesday.
The driver hit a snow bank on Grand Avenue and wiped out a front row tombstone.
A Marathon County Sheriff's Deputy witnessed the crash and arrested the driver.
The Wausau man had a blood alcohol level of 0.17. The state's legal limit is 0.10.
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Drunk Driving Statistics
- Traffic fatalities in alcohol-related crashes rose by four percent from 1999 to
- The 16,653 alcohol-related fatalities in 2000 (40 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year) represent a 25 percent reduction from the 22,084 alcohol-related fatalities reported in 1990 (50 percent of the total).
- NHTSA estimates that alcohol was involved in 40 percent of fatal crashes and in eight percent of all crashes in 2000.
- The 16,653 fatalities in alcohol-related crashes during 2000 represent an average of one alcohol-related fatality every 32 minutes.
- An estimated 310,000 persons were injured in crashes where police reported that alcohol was present — an average of one person injured approximately every two minutes.
- Approximately 1.5 million drivers were arrested in 1999 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
- This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 121 licensed drivers in the United States.
- About 3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.
- In 2000, 31 percent of all traffic fatalities occurred in crashes in which at least one driver or nonoccupant had a BAC of 0.10 g/dl or greater. Sixty-nine percent of the 12,892 people killed in such crashes were themselves intoxicated. The remaining 31 percent were passengers, nonintoxicated drivers, or nonintoxicated nonoccupants.
- In the state of Kentucky, there were 820 total fatalities in 2000. Of those, 203 had a BAC greater than or equal to 0.10, which accounted for 25 percent of the total fatalities.
Source: www.nhtsa.dot.gov (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site) contributed to this report.