Court date set for IM man charged in crash


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – A court date has been set for an Iron Mountain man accused of causing a serious traffic crash while intoxicated.

Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards said that 20-year-old Jeffery Steele will appear in Dickinson County District Court for a preliminary examination on Dec. 30.

Steele faces one felony count of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury.

If convicted, he could spend up to five years in prison.

The charge stems from a Dec. 20, accident in Breitung Township.

According to Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Celello, Steele was driving a pickup truck north on U.S. 141 near the Niagara bridge at about 5:22 p.m. when he crossed the center line.

Steele’s vehicle side swiped one vehicle, then collided head-on with another, said Celello.

Celello said that Steele and the driver of the second vehicle, a 53-year-old Niagara, Wis. woman, were transported to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.

The woman, who had to be extricated from her vehicle, was later airlifted to a Green Bay, Wis., hospital.

In all, four vehicles were involved in the crash, which caused traffic to be detoured around the bridge for more than an hour. The other drivers were not injured, the sheriff said.

Steele was later arrested and lodged at the Dickinson County Jail.

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