Fired DOT employee’s actions impact Madison officer’s OWI case

MADISON (WKOW) – A Madison Police officer, who is facing trial for allegedly driving drunk while off-duty with a young child in her car, says a fired state worker’s actions should negate test results in her case.

Kelly Hoeft’s attorney filed a motion asking a judge to throw out her blood alcohol result of .27 – more than three times Wisconsin’s legal limit – because former Wisconsin Department of Transportation worker Hoitung Leung failed to maintain the equipment used to process breathalyzer samples.

Hoeft submitted a letter showing Leung was terminated June 13 for failing to comply with agency procedures and falsifying records.  The letter states Leung did not maintain the equipment and created records that indicated the required maintenance had been done.

Authorities say Hoeft crashed into a street sign on Madison’s west side with a five-year-old passenger before reaching her home June 1, 2017.  Officials say Hoeft admitted to drinking.

Hoeft is scheduled to stand trial next month.  She remains on patrol as a police officer with her case pending.

Tony Galli

Tony Galli

Reporter, WKOW

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