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Man charged with driving drunk, causing fatal crash

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CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Cadott man has been charged with homicide after he allegedly drove drunk and killed his passenger in a rollover crash in May.

Mavrick J. Kolpien, 25, 950 N. Kelly St., was charged in Chippewa County Court with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and a separate charge of causing a fatal crash while already having an intoxication-related driving conviction. Kolpien will be in court today.

According to the criminal complaint:

The crash occurred at 1:13 a.m. May 13 at the intersection of Highways X and XX in the town of Sigel, west of Cadott. The crash killed Kolpien’s passenger, Zachary Evanson.

Robert Boeckman told police he was following Kolpien’s vehicle on Highway X when Kolpien suddenly made a sharp U-turn in front of him, and Boeckman’s car struck Kolpien’s car in the side, causing it to roll over.

When law enforcement officers arrived, they observed the vehicle on its side and saw Evanson was trapped under the driver’s side door. Evanson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kolpien was taken to an area hospital for treatment. An officer interviewed him there, where Kolpien admitted he had drunk four mixed drinks and two beers and had smoked marijuana earlier in the day. A preliminary breath test showed he had a 0.113 blood alcohol level; a blood draw later showed he had a 0.114 blood alcohol level.

Kolpien was convicted of drunken driving in March 2014, stemming from a Jan. 12, 2014, incident, the criminal complaint states.

The day after the crash, Kolpien was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn resulting in death. He pleaded no contest to the citation on June 19, but that conviction was reversed by an appeals court, online court records state. He also was cited for inattentive driving in the crash.

Kolpien also was recently cited for operating a motorcycle without a valid license, speeding on an expressway, operating while suspended and nonregistration of a vehicle.

Contact: chris.vetter@ecpc.com


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