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Antigo man arrested for deadly car incidentSubmitted: 04/09/2013
Story By WJFW News Team

ELDERON - An Antigo man with an apparent history of driving under the influence got caught again. This time he may have been responsible for a woman's death.

Police arrested 27-year-old Brandon Bender early Sunday morning.

They think he was involved in a one-car incident at the intersection of Highway 49 and 153 in Elderon in southeastern Marathon County.

27-year-old Catherine Borchardt of Wittenberg died from her injuries. Bender faces charges for Operating Under the Influence, causing injury second offense.

He's due in Marathon County court Thursday.



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