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Brown Guilty in Hit-and-Run Incident with Elderly Woman

Kevin P. Brown pleaded no contest to charges related to the drunken hit-and-run in December.

A 54-year-old Port Washington man now faces a possible three-year prison sentence after he was found guilty last week of .

The Ozaukee Press reported Wednesday that Kevin P. Brown, 556 W. Chestnut St., was found guilty of "hit and run causing great bodily harm and intoxicated use of a motor vehicle," after Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy accepted his no contest pleas. The prosecution recommended a three-year prison sentence.

According to the criminal complaint, Brown had been on his way to work in Sheboygan when he struck Dolores Kopacz, who was walking on County Highway KK (Moore Road) near North Spring Street and the railroad tracks in the Town of Port Washington. Realizing he had hit a person, he pulled his vehicle over — but then left the scene in a panic. Family later urged him to turn himself in, and he did.

Brown was arrested about 2 p.m. that day. During the arrest, officers detected a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. A preliminary breath test showed a 0.17 blood alcohol content. A blood test was also taken and sent to the State Laboratory of Hygiene for testing.

Kopacz, 82, sustained head, leg and arm injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital and then transferred to Froedtert Memorial Hospital in Wauwautosa by Flight for Life.

Brown's sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 8.

Port Washington-Saukville Patch editor Lyssa Beyer contributed to this report.

Greg June 21, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Does anyone know how Dolores Kopacz is doing?
Terry June 21, 2012 at 09:15 AM
Last I heard from someone near her is that she is still facing significant medical problems. Exactly what though, I am unsure of.
Terry June 21, 2012 at 09:53 AM
Kind of waiting for someone to pop on this one as well, and tell us that we shouldn't judge him because he is a "nice guy". That seems to be the way these things go of late.....
jackie June 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Terry, I am just wondering why the courts is dragging its ass to sentence him?
Terry June 21, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I wouldn't read much into that. The court process is not a quick process. I am more concerned about the plea. That implies that there is an agreement in place with the district attorney.
Tex June 22, 2012 at 12:17 AM
I work at St. Mary's Ozaukee, where Delores used to volunteer once a week. I heard this past Monday that she is currently at an assisted living facility in Wyoming, due to the fact that that's where most of her family live. She is doing better, but will never be able to live on her own again.
Greg June 22, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Thanks Tex.
Terry June 22, 2012 at 08:03 AM
I am sorry to hear that. I hope the judge hears that at his sentencing....
michael brown July 11, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I guess you'll just have to wait and see Terry.... so when we gonna meet up for that talk...??
17 DAYS July 16, 2012 at 05:52 AM
I SPENT 2 MONTHS WITH KEVIN IN JAIL BACK IN DEC-JAN OF 2012 AND HE REALLY IS A NICE GUY WHO JUST MADE AN AWEFUL MISTAKE!!! HE HAS SO MANY OTHER PROBLEMS BECAUSE OF THIS SITUATION THAT NOBODY KNOWS ABOUT, SO PLEASE DON'T BE SO QUICK TO JUDGE SOMEONE WHO YOU REALLY DON'T KNOW!!!
jackie July 16, 2012 at 01:43 PM
@ 17 Days, your comment: He has so many other problems because of this situation. He put himself there by choosing to drink. I am well aware that EVERYONE has life problems, some a little more drastic than others, I also know that different people deal with their problems in different ways. But I don't believe that it gave him the right to get behind a wheel while he was intoxicated. Now he caused another family problems. ( i am sure it isn't, was making a point). So tired of hearing, oh he/she is such a nice person and you should give them a break, blah blah blah. What's right is right, What's wrong is wrong. Drinking and Driving is wrong and believe me, if he was in the south, he would have a heavier sentence.
michael brown August 05, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Yeah well I am sick and tired of you Mightier than Thou people casting judgement upon my father for what he did.. you act like you are all saints.. he did a bad thing, we know this... move on with your miserable lives and quit worrying bout what kind of sentence he's gonna get... and I used to live in the south.... depending on where in the south he would have been out already so you are wrong bout that... get a life people..

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