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UPDATED: Morrison woman charged in OWI vs cop

Posted at 3:10 p.m. on July 24, 2017

The Brillion News


ASHWAUBENON – A 28-year old Morrison woman was charged with two felonies for a Saturday night crash on I-41, near the border between De Pere and Ashwaubenon, where the vehicle she was driving allegedly struck and critically injured an Ashwaubenon Public Safety officer.

APSD Captain Jody Crocker said officer Brian Murphy is “in bad shape” and underwent surgery twice since the incident happened at 11:25 p.m. on Saturday, July 22.

Arrested and charged was Kalin A. McGuire, of Mill Road, Morrison. She was charged with causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle and for driving intoxicated with a passenger under 16 years of age in the vehicle.

She was ordered held in jail in lieu of a $20,000 cash bond, and will return to Brown County Commissioner’s Court on August 8 for the balance of his initial appearance.

If she is released on bond, she must wear a SCRAM device – a GPS tracking anklet that also detects any alcohol consumption. Court Commissioner Jane Sequin ordered McGuire to have no alcohol, nor be in a liquor store or tavern if she makes bond.

Murphy and other officers responded to a call of a vehicle, fully engulfed in fire, on the southbound shoulder of I-41, about a half-mile south of the Oneida-Waube Street interchange.

In a statement issued on Monday, the public safety department said that “Officer Murphy … was outside of his vehicle and was wearing his reflective safety vest” when he was hit. The emergency lights on his squad car were active and there were traffic safety cones and flares on the roadway.

The dispatcher at the county Public Safety Communication Center radioed to ambulances that the driver of the SUV called and told them she hit an officer.

The crash investigation is being handled by the Brown County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

The photo accompanying this story shows the damage to the vehicle that struck Murphy. The photo is courtesy of the Ashwaubenon PSD. Ashwaubenon officers are sworn police officers, but also serve shifts as firefighters and paramedics. 


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