JUNEAU — A 27-year-old Loveland, Colorado, man has been charged in injuring the passengers in his car during an accident last summer while under the influence of alcohol and marijuana.
Steven M. Cummings is charged with felony counts of use of a vehicle with controlled substance in blood – great bodily harm and operating a motor vehicle with a detectable amount of restricted controlled substance in his blood while causing an injury. He could face up to 12 years and 6 months in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted of the charges.
According to the criminal complaint, Cummings was driving a 1996 Nissan car that struck a utility pole on Aug. 13 at 2:50 a.m. on Highway R at the intersection with Highway SC. Two passengers, a 20-year-old Loveland, Colorado, man and a 45-year-old Minneapolis man were passengers in the vehicle. The 45-year-old was extricated from the vehicle and flown to Summit Hospital in Oconomowoc via medical helicopter with life-threatening injuries. The 20-year-old was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported by ambulance to Watertown Hospital, and then transferred to UW Hospital in Madison with serious injuries. Cummings received minor injuries and was transported to Watertown Hospital.
The three had been working with a carnival at Riverfest in Watertown and had left to get something to eat.
Cummings allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day, but did not believe it impaired his ability to operate a motor vehicle. He agreed to submit to a blood draw. The blood test showed Cummings had a blood alcohol level of .077 and marijuana in his system.
Speed also is believed to be a factor in the crash.
Cummings is scheduled for an initial appearance in court on