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A Boyd man has been charged with drunk driving, a hit-and-run involving injury and felony bail jumping, among other charges, after reportedly hitting another car in Chippewa Falls in April then fleeing the scene.

David E. Samaniego, 56, of 119 S. Boyd St., will make an initial appearance in Chippewa County court on May 29 at 1:30 p.m.

According to criminal complaints:

On April 24, Chippewa Falls police officers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Elm Street in Chippewa Falls. A Dodge Caravan in the wrong lane appeared to have struck another vehicle head-on.

The Dodge Caravan’s passenger and another driver said the Caravan’s driver had fled the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle reported an injury.

Samaniego failed field sobriety tests and did not submit to a breath test. He said he had consumed a few beers.

A blood-alcohol test later showed that Samaniego had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.23 at the time, nearly three times the state’s limit of 0.08.

On April 26, Chippewa Falls police officers responded to a report of a male lying in a roadway. Samaniego was found lying on his back in the middle of Highway 124, with traffic backed up behind him. Another criminal complaint said Samaniego was “not fully responsive and was slurring his speech.”

“Witnesses had advised they saw Samaniego rolling around in the roadway prior to officer’s arrival,” the complaint said.

A preliminary breath test showed Samaniego had an 0.27 blood-alcohol level at the time of that incident.

Samaniego has three prior drunk driving convictions in Taylor County from 2006 and 2007.

In the hit-and-run case, Samaniego is free on a $2,000 signature bond and must not possess drug paraphernalia, must not consume or possess alcohol or illegal drugs and must avoid bars and taverns.


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