Beaver Dam Tavern Owner Charged In OWI Death

9/8/17 – The owner of a Beaver Dam tavern has been charged in connection with an OWI-related death. John Hammen is facing three felony counts in Sheboygan County, including 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 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 online court records, Hammen is now a quadriplegic. Prosecutors say 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.  During an initial appearance this week, Hammen had a signature bond set at 25-thousand dollars and he was ordered 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 has a preliminary hearing scheduled on Wednesday.