10/4/17 – The owner of a Beaver Dam tavern charged in connection with an OWI-related death is heading to trial. A judge in Sheboygan County on Wednesday found probable cause for John Hammen to proceed to trial on felony charges of Homicide By Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle, Homicide By Vehicle With A Prohibited Alcohol Content and Homicide By Negligent Operation Of A Vehicle. The accident happened September 18 of last year on County Road SS in the Sheboygan County Town of Sherman. The 57-year-old was allegedly traveling at speeds over 100-miles-per-hour when his sports car veered off the road, struck a culvert and crashed into the tree line. The engine and transmission were ripped from the vehicle during the wreck and wound up in the ditch. Hammen and 61-year-old Freddie Nelson of Beaver Dam were flown from the scene. Nelson died three days later. According to the criminal complaint, he admitted to officers at the scene that he had been speeding and consuming alcohol. Hammen has five prior convictions for Operating While Intoxicated between 1999 and 2010. Hammen was ordered during his initial appearance last month not to consume alcohol or drugs. He is also prohibited from entering a tavern or business whose sole purpose is the sale of alcohol except Johnny’s Lounge and that is only for business purposes. Hammen will be arraigned in two weeks.
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