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Pewaukee social hosts fined after three teens died in OWI crashes


WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - A Pewaukee couple and their teenage son will pay a total of $2,700 in fines, for hosting a youth alcohol party that resulted in three traffic deaths.

Scott and Charlene Wetzel and their 18-year-old son Jason were initially given 26 citations by Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel.

Monday, a judge accepted a plea deal in which Charlene accepted 4 citations, and the two male defendants accepted one ticket.

The DA said the fines send a strong message that it’s not acceptable for adults to provide alcohol to other people’s children. All 3 people killed in the traffic crash were 18 – Hartland Arrowhead High School graduates Kody Koepke and Timothy Peters, and Arrowhead senior Ian Glidden.

Koepke had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit from what he drank at the Wetzels’ party. Police said he was going 53 miles an hour in a 30 zone when the car slammed into a utility pole.

Schimel said just 9 underage people admitted drinking at the party – and it was almost certain that more alcohol was provided than a 30 pack of beer that Charlene was caught with.