LEMONT – Joseph Hayes, 43, of 415 Glenys Drive, Lemont, has been charged with homicide by operation of a vehicle while intoxicated after a fatal traffic collision on Sept. 27 in Wisconsin.
Marinette County District Attorney Allen Brey said Hayes was also charged with causing death by operation of a vehicle with prohibited alcohol concentration. If convicted on either felony count, he would face a maximum 15 years in prison.
Additionally, Hayes is being charged with two misdemeanors of causing injury by operation while intoxicated and causing injury by operation with prohibited alcohol concentration, Brey said. Those charges would include a maximum of one year in jail.
According to a Marinette County Sheriff's Department report, Hayes hit two vehicles while driving in the wrong lane of a highway at 10:55 p.m. in Pound, Wis.
The driver of one vehicle – Kristian Reed, 21, of Niagara, Wis. – suffered fatal injuries from the collision, the report said.
The driver of the second vehicle – Elvis Tucek, 36, of Homer Glen – suffered non-incapacitating injuries, according to the report.
The report said Hayes' driving condition was determined to be impaired and alcohol was present.
An official with the Marinette County Jail said that Hayes was booked on the charge of homicide by intoxication and was released the morning of Oct. 2 on $250,000 bail.
Hayes' next court date is 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 at the Marinette County Courthouse.
Brey said it typically takes four to six weeks after a criminal complaint is filed before the defendant is arraigned in Wisconsin.