JUNEAU — A 34-year-old Oshkosh woman is facing criminal charges after a controlled substance was found in her blood following a two-vehicle accident that injured one driver and caused her 3-year-old daughter to be ejected from the vehicle in her car seat.
Amy Leigh Galica is charged with felony use of a vehicle with a controlled substance in the blood, causing great bodily harm and operating with a detectable amount of restricted controlled substance in blood and causing injury to a minor in a vehicle. If convicted of both charges she faces up to 14-and-one-half years in prison and $29,000 in fines.
The charges stem from the July 5 motor vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 151 at East Salem Road in the town of Calamus. According to the criminal complaint, the investigation revealed that Galica was driving one of the vehicles and had a three-year-old child in the car. The other driver was identified as 30-year-old Timothy Mcessey of Middleton.
Dodge County dispatch received a traffic complaint at 3:54 p.m. for a blue compact car that was driving all over the roadway, varying in speeds between 65 and 70 mph. The caller told dispatch that the vehicle had gone off the roadway into the ditch, crossed both lanes and that a baby in a car seat had been ejected.
The caller reported that the incident became a two vehicle crash after the blue compact car crossed the median and was stuck by a southbound vehicle.
Officers found the south lane of traffic on Highway 151 completely shut down. A female subject was found lying in the median and was being tended by Beaver Dam EMS. The woman was identified as Galica.
Mcessey told officers that he was driving south on Highway 151 when the blue car, driven by Galica, came into his path of travel and that he could not do anything to avoid it and struck the car. Mcessey was transported to Columbus Hospital by EMS.
Officers interviewed Galica who said she was coming from Madison where she had been at a family gathering. Officers noted that Galica appeared to be coming in and out of consciousness. Beaver Dam paramedics told officers that Galica had told them that she had fallen asleep prior to the crash. She was transported by UW Med Flight to the UW Hospital in Madison. Her daughter was transported to UW Children’s Hospital in Madison.
Officers found numerous prescription pill bottles scattered through the interior of Galica’s vehicle. They included ibuprofen, Trazodone, Sulfameth/Trimethoprim and Cyclobenzaprine. After finding the pill bottles, the officer requested that the UW police obtain a blood sample from Galica. Galica refused to give consent for the blood draw.
Officers submitted a search warrant to test the blood samples taken from Galica at the hospital. On Aug. 20, the results of the tests were provided. Benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite of cocaine, was found in Galica’s blood.