Attorney: suspect rendered aid to firefighter and was below legal limit

An attorney for the man arrested in connection with the traffic death of Lake Mills Fire Captain Chris Truman says the suspect rendered aid to Truman until emergency responders arrived.

Authorities say Truman was hit and killed New Year’s Eve on the Beltline in Monona after stopping to help a stranded motorist.  28-year old Samuel Cremers of Dodgeville was arrested on a tentative charge of homicide by drunken driving, but a prosecutor says it will be weeks before a decision is made on whether Cremers is criminally charged.

Cremers’ attorney, Shaun O’Connell tells 27 News Cremers used his own clothing to shield the off-duty firefighter and provide warmth during the time before EMTs and others could get to the collision scene.

27 News first reported Thursday Cremer’s preliminary breath test resulted in a blood alcohol content of .07 – below Wisconsin’s legal limit of .08.  O’Connell says the result was .079.  Authorities say results of Cremers’ later blood test are not yet available.

Monona Police have yet to release whether Cremer’s car struck Truman, or whether the firefighter was hit by another vehicle in a chain reaction collision.  Authorities say the stranded motorist had lost control on the snow-covered, slick highway.

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