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After alleged alcohol-related rollover crash with kids in car, Ives appears in Vilas County CourtSubmitted: 06/17/2019

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EAGLE RIVER - On April 22, sheriff's deputies in Vilas County responded to a rollover crash near St. Germain.

The driver, Karen Ives, was thrown from the car.

So was her six-year-old daughter.

Her two sons were also hurt.

Now, prosecutors say their mother had three times the legal limit of alcohol in her system. The State Crime Lab found her blood-alcohol content was .258.


Ives and her children survived, and she made her initial appearance on Monday in Vilas County Court.

Vilas Co Sheriff's Chief Deputy Patrick Schmidt said Monday it's "not an uncommon thing" to have people driving drunk with kids in the car. He said it can happen at any time of day.

"Unfortunately, people tend to make bad decisions at all times of the day," Schmidt said of the crash, which happened at 4:30 p.m. "This wasn't at bar time. This is right when people are getting out of work. Kids are coming home from school. That's kind of the scary part about it."

Ives told a doctor at the hospital she drinks throughout the day, every day, according to a criminal complaint.

Ives is out on a signature bond with instructions not to drink and not to be in bars except the one she owns, the Kaig Stand in St. Germain.

Ives faces a combined 72 years in prison if convicted of all six felony counts against her.

Story By: Ben Meyer

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