The 61-year-old, who has three convictions on his record for operating while intoxicated, pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon in Douglas County Circuit Court to misdemeanor charges of obstructing an officer and failure to install an ignition interlock device.
A criminal complaint alleges that Bergson crashed his Toyota Sienna minivan into a tree near his cabin in Lake Nebagamon shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, leaving the scene with extensive front-end damage and the airbags deployed.
Workers in the area reported the incident to authorities, who confronted Bergson a short time later at his cabin. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported that Bergson tried to pin the crash on his girlfriend, who they discovered was in Madison.
Bergson is required by court order to have an interlock device installed on his vehicle. A search of the minivan found no such device, but did turn up a case of beer, according to a criminal complaint.
Court Commissioner Rebecca Lovejoy set both an $800 signature bond and $200 cash bail to ensure Bergson’s future appearances in court. He was ordered to not operate a vehicle without a valid ID and ignition interlock and not use or possess alcohol as conditions of his bail.
Bergson was released from the Douglas