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Doyle wants 3rd drunken driving offense to be a felony

A plea from a victim's father was heard at the State Capitol Wednesday.

Gov. Jim Doyle reacted by saying a person's third drunken driving conviction should be a criminal felony.

Oconomowoc High School associate principal Jennifer Bukosky and two of her children were killed April 25 in a crash involving Mark Benson who lost his license two days earlier for his third OWI, but had not started a jail term yet.

Students lined up to support Bukosky.

Since Tuesday, her father, Mike Farney, has been all over the Milwaukee media, urging those youngsters to rally for tougher drunken driving laws. He said repeat drunken drivers should lose their vehicles.

Four legislators took him up on it proposing a bill to permanently confiscate the vehicles of third-time convicts and revoke their licenses.

Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer, D-Manitowoc, calls the confiscation idea a "game-changer."

The law allows it now in certain cases but it's rarely done.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving says it's all for this.

Meanwhile, Bukosky's family has filed a wrongful death suit against Benson.

A court hearing will be held Friday on a request to freeze the assets of the former orthopedic surgeon.

The plaintiffs say he might try to hide them as he faces felony charges in the crash.