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A Hartland man supplied a 17-year-old girl with Xanax and alcohol before she got behind the wheel and died in a 2016 crash in Pewaukee, according to a criminal complaint.

Blake Martz, 21, was charged Jan. 30 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with intent to contribute to the delinquency of a child resulting in death and manufacturing or delivering Schedule 4 drugs. He was ordered held one day later on a $100,000 cash bond.

According to the complaint, the crash occurred at about 3:04 a.m. Nov. 21 near Capitol Drive and Ishnala Trail. Martz, the victim and another teenage girl, who were all in the car, were reportedly on their way to a 24-hour gas station to buy cigarettes after a night of partying.

Martz had invited the girls to his home to celebrate the removal of his alcohol monitoring bracelet, according to the complaint. While there, they took Xanax bars – which Martz and the victim got from a drug dealer in Milwaukee – and shots of vodka, and listened to music, danced and cleaned, the other girl told police in the complaint.

On the way to the gas station, the victim lost control of her car while negotiating a curve, which sent the vehicle careening into a ditch where it struck a tree then a telephone pole, investigators found. The victim’s blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was 0.146, the complaint said, nearly twice the legal level.

Martz and the other girl had to be extricated from the car and were rushed to an area hospital to be treated for unspecified injuries.

According to the complaint, Martz urged that girl not to tell anyone where the Xanax came from in a text exchange about a week after the crash.

“(P)lease don’t say anything bad about me or what we did,” he wrote, according to the complaint. “I am sorry, I just don’t want to go to jail. I hope you understand.”

Court records indicate Martz’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 26. If convicted, he could face up to 37 years in prison and $120,000 in fines.

 

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