WAUKESHA COUNTY — A Waukesha father accused of overdosing on drugs while his three young children were in his vehicle entered a plea of not guilty on Thursday morning, February 16th -- and was bound over for trial. Koeberl waived his right to a preliminary hearing before entering that plea.
33-year-old Christopher Koeberl faces five charges — one of them a felony:
- OWI — third offense, with passenger under 16 years old
- Neglecting a child (three counts)
- Operating while revoked due to alcohol/controlled substance/refusal
Koeberl made his initial appearance in court in this case on January 30th.
Koeberl’s eight-year-old son is credited with saving his life in this case. He called 911 on January 25th.
Child: Over here (unintelligible) my dad, he’s dead. He’s not waking up for anything.
One dispatcher worked to pinpoint the cell phone signal. A second used Google maps to locate the eight-year-old boy, who didn’t know where he was. All he knew was that his father was slumped over the steering wheel and needed help. A third dispatcher kept the boy on the phone.
Dispatcher: Is it just you two in the car?
Child: No, all four of us. My two brothers and my dad.
Waukesha police said the father, Christopher Koeberl, had overdosed on drugs and was rushed to the hospital for help. He survived. But FOX6 News learned this wasn’t the first time he’s been in this situation.
A criminal complaint from April 2015 accuses the Waukesha man of being at a Kwik Trip in Pewaukee and acting strange enough that a clerk called officials. The complaint says at that time, the deputy saw three young children in Koeberl’s vehicle — ages two, four and six. The complaint says the deputy “noted that (Koeberl) was swaying and had a difficult time maintaining his balance as he walked.” (Koeberl) told the deputy he had the flu. However, he was eventually convicted.
Court records show Koeberl just finished his probation for that 2015 crime a week ago Thursday, January 26th. Six days later in a Waukesha parking lot…
Child: I don’t know (crying)
Dispatcher: There’s help on the way. The ambulance will be there shortly, okay?
Koeberl will next be in court on April 3rd for a hearing.