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Mother in OWI accident with children accused of double bond violation

October 18, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

The mother arrested in the spring following an intoxicated one-car rollover that injured herself and three children in St. Germain has been in violation of bond, according to documents filed in Vilas County Circuit Court. 

Charges were filed post-crash against Karen Ives, 52, including operating while intoxicated second offense, causing injury to a passenger under 16 and three charges of operating while intoxicated second offense, causing injury to a passenger under 16 with a prohibited blood alcohol concentration, all felonies. Ives pled not guilty to those charges in August with attorney David Vernon Penn before Judge Neal Nielsen. She further was cited with failing to keep a vehicle under control. 

Those charges arose from the late afternoon crash in April on State Highway 70 near Lake Content Road in the town of St. Germain into the yard of a private residence. The homeowner dialed 911 when he saw children outside the car, and Ives had been ejected, according to court reports. 

All four involved in the rollover were taken to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff with non life-threatening injuries. At the time of the crash, the children were 8, 12 and 6. 

Ives was released on a $1,000 signature bond, agreeing to the conditions she would not consume intoxicants and maintain absolute sobriety. Ives was told she could not be in a tavern unless it was for her employment and to follow driving restrictions. 

Based on the new charges, an anonymous caller reported Ives was drinking at a bar in August — violating her bond. The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department responded to the St. Germain tavern indicated. A deputy questioned Ives’ beverage, which she and the bartender said was a non-alcoholic beer. A breath test confirmed her at 0.00. However, since she was not permitted to be inside a tavern unless it was for work, the first charge of felony bail jumping was filed, the court report states. 

In the second bail jumping case, a Vilas County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol noticed Ives’ vehicle being operated in the town of St. Germain with a passenger and three kids. Because it was outside the hours of her permitted vehicle operation, the deputy pulled Ives over. Ives complied, the police reports notes. 

The deputy observed a possible

alcoholic liquid in a mug in Ives’ cupholder and noted her eyes were glossy, his report states. Ives’ mother was asked to come take the car home — after Ives phoned her and told her she was being arrested “… for being four minutes late.” Ives informed the deputy the children had activities that day and they’d also gone to eat. She cried and became very upset, the criminal complaint reads. 

The adult male in the vehicle agreed to walk the children home, which was nearby, after they collected their things. Then, Ives consented to a preliminary breath test, which registered at .07 blood alcohol concentration. Ives told the deputy she’d had a non-alcoholic drink, the report notes.

A search of the car found a few cans of alcoholic beverages, some which appeared to be stuffed and hidden. Beer bottles also were found and an empty can. The vehicle was towed and Ives taken to jail where she was charged with operating after revocation and open intoxicants in a motor vehicle as the driver, the report notes. The incident led to the second felony bail jumping charge.

Ives has a pre-trial set for November in the first set of charges. 

In the bail jumping cases, she has an initial appearance Oct. 21. 


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