(Hustisford) An Oconomowoc man was found not-competent to stand trial on charges that he significantly injured a passenger in an accident where a controlled substance was allegedly found in his system. A competency hearing was held Tuesday for Ryan Rhadans who was facing a felony count Injury by Use of a Vehicle-Controlled Substance. The case has now been suspended.
The crash occurred on St. Helena Road north of Arrowhead Trail on June 22 of 2016. Rhadans, who was behind the wheel, was heading south when the vehicle went off the road, struck an embankment and vaulted. At the scene, Rhadans allegedly told first responders that he was leaving a bar in Horicon and that he swerved to miss a deer. Authorities reportedly noticed an odor of intoxicants from Rhadans who said he had four beers but did not know the location where he had drank them.
A preliminary breath test was given which allegedly returned a reading of point-zero-five-five (.055) but law enforcement noted that the sample was (quote) “very weak.” Blood samples that were later tested reportedly found THC in Rhadans system. The passenger in the vehicle, Timothy Bradfield, was paralyzed from the accident. The 38-year-old was referred to an outpatient program.