Man charged with wrong-way driving works for MSOE

CREATED Aug 17, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - At the Milwaukee School of Engineering, it's a surprise to students, as they learn their "dean of students" is charged with driving the wrong-way down Highway 43 and was allegedly drunk at the time.

"I didn't know what to say when I first found out.  I thought it was just sad," said software engineering graduate Josh Holtz.

A a Racine County sheriff's deputy used his squad car to pin Patrick Coffey's car against a median wall.  It was captured on video.  In addition, police claim Coffey's blood alcohol at the time was twice the legal limit.

Amontre Ross is also a student at MSOE.  He says, "He's definitely a good person.  But maybe more attention should've been brought towards his personal situation in regards to his drinking."

Officials say just as highway signs show amber alerts, they're also trying to get those signs to alert drivers about anyone driving the wrong-way on a highway.