Muskego Man Facing Multiple Charges in OWI Accident

Suspect was arrested for second offense drunk driving, and faces felony charges in Racine County accident causing injuries.

A 49-year-old Muskego man is facing charges in Racine County for multiple counts of operating while intoxicated causing injury after a late-night incident on May 15, 2011.

According to the criminal complaint:

Philip Thomas Bourbonais was driving north on Highway 36 shortly at about 1 a.m. in the town of Rochester when he allegedly turned into an oncoming vehicle at the intersection of Highway 20. The four occupants of the vehicle were all injured, receiving cuts and abrasions, including a 16-year-old girl who was unconscious for a short period of time.

A Racine County Sheriff's deputy reported that Bourbonais was still in his vehicle when he came upon the scene, but allegedly was having difficulty standing when he got out to urinate. In addition, the deputy noted an odor of intoxicants on the defendant. Subsequent blood tests revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.206, more than twice that of the legal limit.

Bourbonais has been charged with four counts of second offense operating while intoxicated causing injury, as well as four counts of second offense operating with prohibited alcohol concentration causing injury.

If convicted of all charges he faces a maximum penalty of 48 years in prison or an $80,000 fine, or both. He was released on a $3,500 signature bond, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 29.


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