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Prison time given to Janae Owens for drunk driving incident


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Green Bay woman learned her fate Friday after she was drunk while driving and crashed into two homes last summer.

22-year-old Janae Owens will spend 18 months in prison, followed by 18 months extended supervision after being convicted of second offense OWI causing injury.

After Owens left a bar celebrating a friend's birthday in August, she was speeding down Ninth Street when her vehicle left the road, hit a home, severed a gas meter, struck another vehicle and slammed into a second home. The passengers in her car suffered minor injuries from the incident where Owens' blood alcohol level was .138.

Owens apologized to the court, saying, "I know what I did was really foolish and I embarrassed myself."

The judge in the case also criticized both the district attorney and defense lawyer for seeking too lenient of a sentence.

FOX 11 reports that Assistant District Attorney Eric Enli asked that Owens be placed on 3 years probation, with a year in the county jail. Defense attorney Andrew Mongin asked for probation and a six to eight-month jail sentence. 

Judge Timothy Hinkfuss rejected both recommendations as too lenient, saying drunk driving is too much of a problem.

"It (drunk driving) has to stop. It does have to stop," Hinkfuss said. "Clearly there is a problem - if nothing else for decision making."

At least people won't have to worry about Owens drinking and driving while she's in prison, Hinkfuss added.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11)