A mother and her two children were injured early Sunday when their car was involved in a head-on crash with a vehicle being driven the wrong way on northbound I-43 at W. Wells St. by a suspected drunken driver.
Chaze Biami of Milwaukee drove his vehicle southbound onto I-43 northbound at Fond du Lac Ave. shortly after 4:30 a.m. Sunday before crashing into the other car, Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin said.
Biami, 36, had a blood alcohol level of 0.14 at the time, McLaughlin said, nearly double the 0.08 blood alcohol that is considered evidence of intoxication under state law. Biami did not have a valid driver's license, and he was arrested on suspicion of first-offense drunken driving causing injury.
The two children were in car seats and did not receive life-threatening injuries in the crash, which closed all northbound lanes of I-43 for more than two hours.
The Milwaukee Fire Department had to tear open the car to free the woman and the two children, a fire dispatcher said, and the mother was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The woman didn't have a pulse and wasn't breathing when firefighters arrived, but she was revived at the scene of the crash, McLaughlin said.
No updates on the conditions of the woman and her two children were available Sunday.
All northbound lanes of I-43 were reopened to traffic around 7:50 a.m. Sunday.
In July 2014, Biami was convicted in Milwaukee County of child abuse-intentionally causing harm. He was sentenced in August 2014 to one year in prison to be followed by one year of state supervision.
Wrong-way crash on I-43 injures mother, 2 children