Brandon Durch

A Bloomer man has been charged with his second or subsequent charge of operating while intoxicated and causing injury in Rusk County Circuit Court after he allegedly crashed into an oncoming vehicle while making a left turn.Brandon D. Durch, 36, is charged with one felony count of operating while intoxicated causing injury as a second or subsequent of-fense and one felony count of operating with a prohibited blood alcohol content causing injury second or subsequent offense. If convicted, Durch faces a maximum penalty of 12 years of incarceration or $20,000 in fines.Durch is scheduled to appear in Rusk County Circuit Court on Jan. 14 for an initial appearance hearing. He has been released on a $2,500 cash bond.According to the criminal com-plaint, on Nov. 22 at 7:45 p.m. Rusk County deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Broken Arrow Road and Wis. 27 for a two vehicle crash with injuries.Durch’s black pickup was in the southwest ditch and had been driving northbound on Wis. 27 when he attempted to make a left hand turn onto Broken Arrow Road. Just prior to the crash, Durch reported he allegedly saw a Jeep traveling southbound and thought he could beat it.A deputy could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Durch; his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He admitted to consuming about a dozen beers throughout the day leading up to the crash, according to the criminal complaint. When asked Durch said he probably should not have been driving.The driver of the Jeep sustained critical injuries and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Eau Claire. The Jeep driver was released the following day. According to the criminal complaint, Durch consented to a field sobriety test where he swayed and lost balance. After failing the field sobriety test, Durch was placed under arrest and transported to Marshfield Medical Center – Lady-smith for a legal blood draw. At the time of the crash Durch’s blood alcohol content was .220, almost three times the legal limit.When Durch’s vehicle was being readied to be towed, deputies found a hunting rifle, crossbow and 15 empty Coors Light beer cans in the vehicle.Deputies spoke with several witnesses including one individual Durch had pulled in front of while traveling in Chippewa County. The witness told deputies he followed Durch and saw him swerve all over the road including from the shoulder to the centerline. Following the release of the victim from the hospital, deputies spoke with the victim who said he’d been on his way home when the crash occurred. He remembered Durch saying “so sorry” and could smell alcohol coming from him.