WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – A Wausau man has been charged with crashing into a State Patrol squad car while texting and driving drunk.
Chad Kopchinski is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, his fourth operating while intoxicated offense and operating on a revoked license.
A judge ordered Kopchinski jailed Monday on a $5,000 cash bond. Kopchinski cannot possess any dangerous weapons or drink alcohol while his case is pending.
He returns to court November 9th for preliminary hearing.
Kopchinski originally appeared in court Friday. But Judge Greg Huber postponed the initial appearance because he and Kopchinski are acquaintances.
According to court documents, Kopchinski rear-ended Trooper Rick Graveen’s squad car at a stoplight on Bridge Street on Thursday. Police found empty beer cans and an uncased rifle in the car with a bullet nearby that looked as if it had just been ejected from the gun’s chamber. Police also found an uncased bow and arrows in the back seat of the car.
“He said he was texting and accelerated forward not knowing the squad had not moved,” a police report said.
Kopchinski had a blood alcohol level of 0.132, according to a preliminary breath test. The legal limit of intoxication in Wisconsin is 0.08.
“I’m not suppose to be higher than 0.04,” Kopchinski told officers at the scene, referring to the blood alcohol limit he faces because of his prior convictions.