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Elkhart Lake man gets jail time for drunken crash that injured boy

SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - A Sheboygan County man will spend 30 days in jail for driving drunk into a utility pole, causing a power line to fall and injuring an eight-year-old boy.  

65-year-old John Krizenesky of Elkhart Lake must also spend two years on probation. He pleaded guilty earlier to a felony count of causing injury by drunk driving, and he struck a plea deal which kept him out of a state prison.  

Authorities said Malachi Blanke of Manitowoc was catching grasshoppers in the front yard of his grandparents' house last July, when Krisenesky hit a utility pole and the power lines sagged onto the youngster.  

It happened along a county road in the town of Rhine, just west of Highway 57. The child was burned over 20 percent of his body, and reports said he needed 10 operations to repair his chest, hip, and arms.  

The driver had a blood alcohol level of 0.119, almost one-and-a-half times the minimum for intoxication of 0.08.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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