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Authorities: No thrill ride operator impairment; No blood tests

LAKE DELTON (WKOW) -- Lake Delton's police chief told WKOW27 News there were no signs of impairment on the part of thrill ride operators involved with a 12-year old girl's crash from a height of one hundred feet.

Chief Thomas Dorner also said no blood tests took place to scientifically determine the levels of any substances in the systems of the operators.

"The ride attendants were not tested, as the investigators who interviewed them did not detect any signs of impairment."

Authorities have said one ride attendant failed to follow safety protocols, as Teagan Marti of Parkland, Florida was critically hurt when a landing net failed to deploy on the ride Terminal Velocity and she hit the ground.

That attendant has been identified as Charles Carnell, 33, of Wisconsin Dells.

A Department of Transportation official said Carnell's driver's license is revoked after he failed to undergo a mandatory alcohol assessment following a 2007 drunk driving conviction.

Carnell has declined comment.

During a news conference earlier this month, Marti family attorney Stuart Grossman responded to a question about possible operator impairment by stating one operator had made an "admission,"  but did not elaborate.

Sauk County District Attorney Patricia Barrett is reviewing police reports, but has made no comment on any possible criminal charges.

Teagan Marti remains hospitalized in critical condition. 

In an open letter from Marti family members Monday, they thanked people for their outpouring of support.

"We believe that your thoughts and prayers created the miracle of Teagan's survival."

Online reporting by Tony Galli.



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