Man charged with drunken driving in fatal crash

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February 10, 2009

A 22-year-old Fort Atkinson man has been charged with driving drunk when he crashed a pickup truck head-on into another car Saturday in Jefferson County, killing a 41-year-old man and his 11-year-old son, who were on their way to a Milwaukee Bucks game.

Lucas L. White faces two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in connection with the deaths of Fort Atkinson resident Eleno J. Calvillo and his son Bailey, according to a criminal complaint.

White, who had been fishing earlier in the day, told investigators he had drunk about seven beers since noon and smoked marijuana before the crash, which occurred about 6:15 p.m. on state Highway 106 near Curtis Mill Road in the Town of Koshkonong, the complaint says.

White told investigators he was "pacing himself" while drinking, the complaint says.

A breath test measured White’s blood-alcohol level at 0.23, according to the complaint. The level considered evidence of intoxication in Wisconsin is 0.08.

White was driving a Chevrolet Silverado west when the truck drifted across the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound Toyota Corolla driven by Eleno Calvillo, according to the complaint and the Jefferson County sheriff’s office.

Calvillo and his son were pronounced dead at the scene, the complaint says. Calvillo’s wife declined to comment Monday.

White was treated for minor injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. Police found a Miller High Life case and beer bottles near the Silverado, which had come to rest on its left side, the complaint says.

White works as an industrial welder and has no criminal record as an adult, said John V. Rhiel, a Jefferson County public defender representing White.

“He’s very somber about this,” Rhiel said. “He takes it very seriously. . . . It’s a very sad situation all around.”

White was being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $150,000 bail.

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