Beaver Dam Man Contesting Blood Draw In Fatal OWI

(Beaver Dam) A June 19th motion hearing was put on the court calendar Monday in Sheboygan County for a Beaver Dam man charged in connection with an OWI-related death. John Hammen is facing 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. Defense attorneys for Hammen have filed motions seeking to suppress evidence of his blood alcohol level alleging that the blood tests were gathered without the appropriate consent and should therefore be inadmissible. The accident happened in September of 2016 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.