Driver Arrested for OWI After Head-On Crash on the Beltline; 3 Injured

Posted Thursday, December 20, 2012 --- 11:18 a.m.

Incident Report from the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type: Intoxicated Driver

Incident Date: 12/19/2012 - 11:35 PM

Address: West Beltline Highway

Arrested: Griffin L. Lowmaster, age 24, Middleton
Suspect was arrested for Causing Injury While Operating While Intoxicated, and 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety - 3 counts.

Victim: Female, age 22, Madison
Female, age 21, Madison
Female, age 21, Madison

Details: A head-on crash, on a snow covered and slippery West Beltline, sends three women to the hospital as a drunken driver smashes into their vehicle while operating in the wrong lanes of traffic.

The collision occurred in heavy snowfall, around 11:35 last night, as the suspect drove eastbound in the westbound lanes between Verona Rd. and Seminole Highway. Following his arrest the intoxicated motorist, whose preliminary breath test measured a .15, told an officer: “ I could have killed someone ... I don’t know what I was thinking.”

The three women, who had been in the car he struck, were taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. One suffered a fractured breastbone.

Dane County Sheriff’s deputies, Town of Madison paramedics, and Madison Fire paramedics assisted at the scene.

Westbound traffic was diverted onto Todd Dr. for a period of time while the signficantly damaged vehicles were cleared from the snow-covered roadway.

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