Pembine man charged in U.S. 141 crash


Staff Writer

MARINETTE, Wis. – A Pembine, Wis. man has been accused of injuring two Amberg, Wis. residents while driving under the influence of alcohol on U.S. 141.

Lawrence Jerome Smith, 57, faces one felony count of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle, one felony count of injury by use of a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol concentration, one misdemeanor count of cause injury while operating under the influence, and one misdemeanor count of cause injury while operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration.

If convicted on all counts, he could spend up to 25 years in prison.

According to the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access website, Smith was in Marinette County Court this week for an initial appearance. He did not yet have an attorney, so he requested a court-appointed attorney.

Judge James A. Morrison granted the request and continued the rest of the initial appearance to March 20.

The charges against Smith stem from a Feb. 17 incident in Pembine.

According to the accident report from the Marinette County Sheriff’s

Department, Smith was operating a pickup truck south in the northbound lane of U.S. 141 near Cemetery Road at about 6:15 p.m. when he collided head-on with a passenger car that was traveling north.

The driver of that car, 75-year-old Donald L. Lawrence of Amberg, and his passenger, 56-year-old Tina M. Lawrence of Amberg, sustained non-incapacitating injuries and were transported to a hospital for treatment.

Smith’s vehicle also hit a third vehicle that was traveling behind the Lawrence vehicle. Neither of the two occupants of that vehicle were injured.

All three vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

The report indicated that the roadway was covered in snow and slush at the time of the crash, and that alcohol was a factor.

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