Last Tuesday, Justin Scott Goecke, 29, of Jackson, received a stay of imposition for one felony count of criminal vehicular operation that left a Butterfield woman unable to walk. The stay of imposition allows the court to deem the conviction a misdemeanor if Goecke completes probation and conditions.
Goecke will commit to five years of supervised probation, 86 days of home monitoring, 64 days of local confinement, 100 hours of service, and a fine of $1,000. Goecke will serve the 64 days of local confinement throughout the five-year probation.
Goecke pleaded guilty to the felony charge in October. Before the initial incident on April 10th, he stepped on a nail and took hydrocodone; an opioid used to treat severe pain. Goecke didn't have a prescription.
On the morning of April 10th, Goecke was driving northbound on 640th Ave. in Butterfield. His vehicle had bald tires, and the road was icy. Goecke moved into the southbound lane and struck the other car, causing the driver great bodily harm.
The original complaint describes the victim's injuries as an ankle fracture with bone loss, a part of her tibia broken or missing, an open femur fracture, five broken ribs, a broken sternum, and an air pocket in her lung.
The hydrocodone was in Goecke's system at the time of the accident.