- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) - A judge has set bail for a man accused of crashing his truck into an Army duck transport in Lake Delton nearly two years ago at $2,500.

The Baraboo News Republic reports (https://bit.ly/299IgLc ) that 32-year-old Joshua Armstrong made his initial court appearance on Friday on three felony counts of causing injury while driving drunk with a passenger 16 years old or younger. Each count carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and $4,000 in fines.

Sauk County Assistant District Attorney Sue Mueller asked for a $7,500 cash bond for Armstrong, saying the potential sentence is harsh enough to give him reason to flee. Sauk County Circuit Judge Guy Reynolds didn’t go for that amount but he did impose conditions on Armstrong that if he posts the $2,500 he must maintain absolute sobriety and submit to on-demand alcohol testing by police. He also can’t operate a vehicle without a license or with a child under 16.

Authorities say Armstrong was driving drunk in August 2014 when his truck crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a Dells Army Duck carrying 24 people. Thirteen were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Prosecutors didn’t file the charges until this past March. Armstrong didn’t respond to a court summons, leading to a warrant for his arrest. He was recently taken into custody.

His attorney, Maura Melka, said Armstrong was never notified of the charges because he had moved to a new home in Iowa and his mail wasn’t forwarded to the new address. Melk also said the traffic citations related to the crash have been dealt with so Armstrong had no reason to expect charges would be filed 18 months after the crash, adding that many of the victims have settled with Armstrong’s insurance company.

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