Ashippun Man Heading To Trial For OWI Injury Of Pedestrian

(Ashippun) An Ashippun man accused of seriously injuring a woman in a parking lot in July is heading to trial. Lawrence Laven has waived his right to a preliminary hearing and is facing one felony count of Operating While Intoxicated Causing Injury Second Offense for the incident at the BP fueling station on Highway 67 in the Town of Ashippun. Arresting officers say the 59-year-old smelled of alcohol; had watery, bloodshot eyes; slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet often-times leaning on the bumper of the squad car to maintain balance. Witnesses say he was just “out of it” when he reversed from a parking stall and slammed into another vehicle, briefly pinning a woman. She fell to the ground and witnesses immediately came to her aid. The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Laven reportedly admitted to feeling “loopy” and said the medications he was taking were related to a recent oral surgery. A preliminary breath test registered a point-one-six (.16). An arraignment hearing is scheduled for November 7.