Court hearing postponed for Breitung crash suspect


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – A court hearing has been postponed for an Iron Mountain man accused of injuring a woman while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Jeffery Steele, 20, appeared in Dickinson County District Court Monday for a scheduled preliminary examination.

Defense attorney Kalen Lipe told Judge Christopher Ninomiya that she was newly appointed to the case and, due to the holiday season, has not had sufficient time to consult with Steele.

Lipe requested a delay in the proceedings so she can thoroughly review the case.

With no objection from Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards, Judge Ninomiya granted the request.

A new preliminary examination has been scheduled for Jan. 10.

Steele is currently out on bond.

He 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 incident 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 when he crossed the center line. His vehicle side swiped one vehicle, then collided head-on with a second vehicle, said Celello.

Both 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 was later airlifted to a Green Bay, Wis. hospital.

Dickinson County Undersheriff Scott Rutter said Monday that his department is not releasing the woman’s name at this time. He did not know her condition, or if she remains hospitalized in Green Bay.

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