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3 injured in head-on crash involving suspected drunken, wrong-way driver

Published On: Dec 20 2012 11:42:11 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 20 2012 11:42:48 AM CST


The Madison Police Department said a Middleton man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving during the Wednesday night snow storm.

Police said Griffin Lowmaster hit a car head on when he was driving the wrong way on the snow-covered Beltline at about 11:30 p.m.

Lowmaster, 24, was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of the Beltline between Verona Road and Seminole Highway when he struck a car carrying three Madison women -- two 21-year-olds and one 22-year-old -- according to the report.

Police said a preliminary breath-alcohol test measured .15, nearly twice the legal limit for driving. Upon his arrest Lowmaster told police he “could have killed someone” and “I don’t know what I was thinking.”

Lowmaster was charged on suspicion of drunken driving causing injury and three counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

The three women in the car Lowmaster struck were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report. One of the victims suffered a fractured breast bone, police said.

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

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