Friday, August 25, 2006


Girl injured: Dad charged with driving while drunk
A North Fond du Lac man faces a drunken driving charge after his 7-year-old daughter was ser-iously injured in the car he was driving. Michael J. Roen, 35, of 19 Clover Lane, was charged Thursday morning before Judge Steven Weinke in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court with one count of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle and a fourth offense of driving while intoxicated. Roen was involved in a two-vehicle accident at West Scott and North Hickory streets after failing to yield the right of way at 3:32 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Fond du Lac Police Department report. His 7-year-old daughter was in the vehicle at the time of the accident. An open half-full can of beer was found between the driver and passenger side of Roen's vehicle, according to the report. Roen told law enforcement officials he had been drinking since 9 a.m. that day, the report said. Following the accident, his daughter was transported to St. Agnes Hospital and then transferred to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for treatment of a skull fracture, according to the report. She remained at Children's Hospital on Thursday afternoon, but her condition could not be released, a hospital spokeswoman said. Michael Roen remained in custody Thursday afternoon on a $500 cash bail. He was ordered by the judge to maintain absolute sobriety and not to operate a motor vehicle while the case is pending. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21 before Judge Robert Wirtz in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court. Roen was convicted of his third offense of operating while intoxicated in April 1996 and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and a 34-month license suspension.
Fourth arrest? $500 cash bail? Nearly killing his own daughter? I can't even begin to comprehend the stupidity of this man, or the judges involved!