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Charges Filed in 2017 Mt. Pleasant Crash

A 36 year-old Elm Grove man is facing charges in connection with a traffic accident that seriously injured the passenger in the car he'd been driving. 

Nicholas Putz appeared in Racine Court Wednesday and was released on a signature bond. 

The charges against Putz include intoxicated use of a vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. 

According to the criminal complaint and a news release from the Mt. Pleasant Police Dept., Putz lost control in the 1400 blk. of Oakes Road and slammed into a tree. The accident happened a few days before Thanksgiving of last year. 

While Putz walked away from the crash, his passenger, 34 year-old Mary Pagano of Mt. Pleasant, was trapped for a time in the wreckage and suffered serious injuries. 

Putz' blood-alcohol level was said to be .09, just above the legal limit. 

A gun was found in the center console of the vehicle.