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Merrill woman charged in June crash appears in court


The Merrill woman accused of homicide by drunken driving in a June crash, appeared in court Monday for the first time.

24-year-old Ashley Baumann, of Merrill was charged Thursday in Lincoln County Court with nine felony counts including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Merrill Police say Baumann was the driver in the crash that killed Jessica Hartwig, and Misty Glisch, both of Merrill. Baumann and Jerrica Woller, were seriously injured.

Monday, a judge set a $5,000 signature bond, with the first $500 in cash.

According to court documents, the four woman left The Dugout bar in Merrill around 2:00 a.m. on June 7th. Court documents show, passenger, Jerrica Woller, told Baumann to slow down after she became afraid of her driving.

The criminal complaint states, Woller got out of the vehicle at a stop sign and refused to get back in until Baumann promised to "drive safer."

Around 3:30 a.m. Merrill Police officers say they were dispatched to the area of Alexander Street and Heldt Street. Police say upon arriving on scene, they saw the vehicle had rolled several times, coming to rest in a pile of brush. The crash ejected Hartwig, Glisch and Baumann. According to the criminal complaint, data retrieved from the car showed the car was going 92-99 mph before it crashed. The speed limit on the road is 25 mph.

Court documents also show Baumann's blood alcohol level was taken at the hospital. The state crime lab determined her BAC was .157, two times over the legal limit.

In court, the judge ordered Baumann to have no contact with any of the families involved. Baumann will appear back in court

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