A status meeting has been set in the criminal case of Athens businessman Kenneth “Pete” Cooper, who has also been named in a civil suit in connection to a 2008 wreck.

Cooper, 48, is charged with two counts of intoxication assault in connection to last year’s wreck on Loop 7 in Athens near the State Highway 19 intersection. On March 23, 2008, the vehicle Cooper is alleged to have been driving collided with a 1996 Plymouth Voyager van driven by Christy Arlien Adams of Murchison. Cooper, Adams and Franklin Pinkerton — a passenger in Adams’ vehicle — were all injured.

If found guilty, Cooper could face a prison sentence of two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The status conference is set for April 20 in Judge Mark Calhoon’s 3rd District Court.

On the civil suit front, Calhoon recently decided to consolidate two suits by Adams. The suit alleges the 2002 Chevrolet Suburban Cooper was driving was registered to Cooper Funeral Home. Thus, Cooper, Cooper Funeral Home, two partners in the funeral home and the Malakoff bar and club Coal Miners are all being sued for damages Adams incurred.

The file does not state how much money Adams is seeking. No trial date has been set.

According to police reports, Cooper’s blood alcohol level was .26 at the time of the wreck — more than three times over the legal limit in Texas.

The legal blood alcohol level in Texas is .08.

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