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UPDATE: Edgar Teen Gets 5 Days in Jail for OWI Crash

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Thurs 2:46 PM, Feb. 6, 2014

An 18-year-old Edgar man will spend five days in jail and one year on probation after an OWI crash that injured two people.

Nathan Koller reached the plea deal with prosecutors Thursday in Marathon County Circuit Court.

If Koller successfully completes the terms of his probation he will have the option to have the case expunged from his record.

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UPDATE: Thurs 10:15 AM, Feb. 6, 2014

An 18-year-old Edgar man charged in a crash that injured two people is expected to reach a plea deal with prosecutors, and will avoid a jury trial.

Investigators say Nathan Koller had been drinking when he lost control of his car May 30 near Stratford. The vehicle left the roadway, struck a farm utility road and became airborne rolling several times before coming to a rest.

Koller is charged with 1st degree recklessly endangering safety and four misdemeanor charges related to drunk driving. He was also cited with reckless driving, having an open intoxicant, and three other traffic citations.

Koller was ejected and thrown 15 feet from the crash site. A male passenger who had been riding in the front seat was found in the backseat. A female passenger, who is reported to be the only one wearing a seatbelt, was able to climb out of the car and flagged down help. The passengers were transported by ambulance to a Marshfield hospital.

One of the passengers said Koller had been driving recklessly and at times reached speeds around 120 mph.

Koller was flown to a Marshfield hospital where he had surgery for his broken back. He also spent time in a coma following the crash.

Thursday hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 3:57 PM, July 17, 2013

A 17-year-old Edgar teen has now been charged in a May 30 crash that injured him and his two friends.

Nathan Koller made his first appearance in Marathon County Court on Wednesday. He was charged with 1st degree recklessly endangering safety and four misdemeanor charges related to drunk driving.

According to the criminal complaint, officers responded to a single vehicle crash on County Highway M near Blackberry Street, northeast of Stratford just before 10 p.m. on May 30.

Investigators say the the vehicle left the roadway, struck a utility road and became airborne rolling several times before coming to a rest.

Koller, the driver, was ejected. He was located 15 feet from the crash site. A male passenger who had been riding in the front seat was found in the backseat. A female passenger, who is reported to be the only one wearing a seatbelt, was able to climb out of the car and flagged down help. The passengers were transported by ambulance to a Marshfield hospital.

Koller was flown to a Marshfield hospital where he had surgery for his broken back. He also spent time in a coma following the crash.

Both passengers said Koller had been drinking prior to the accident. One of the passengers said Koller had been driving recklessly and at times reached speeds around 120 mph.

A preliminary breath test preformed by investigators at the hospital showed neither passenger had consumed alcohol, although one the passengers said they had “a sip” of alcohol earlier in the day.

Nathan Koller is free on a $5,000 signature bond. He's been ordered to not have any contact with the victims.

Wednesday in court, he pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges. He'll return to court July 29 to learn if his case will head to trial.


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