Two people were injured after a motorcycle crash on Thursday evening in the Town of Bradley. At 8 p.m., a cell 911 call reported the crash on County Rd L north of County Rd N. According to the deputy’s report, a 58 year old Rio man was leaving a nearby establishment when he lost control of his 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle and crashed. The driver, along with his 55 year old wife who was a passenger on the cycle, were both transported by Tomahawk EMS to Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital. Both were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. From there, the male driver was flown and the female passenger was taken by ambulance to the trauma center at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. As of Saturday, both were being treated at the trauma center at UW Madison Hospitals and Clinics. Deputies think alcohol was a factor in the incident, but are awaiting tests results before any enforcement action is taken. The Tomahawk Fire Department assisted at the scene.
One person was injured after a two cycle crash on Friday morning in the Town of Rock Falls. At 10:28 a.m., a cell 911 call reported the crash on State Rd 107 near Wilderness Drive. According to the report, three motorcycles were heading north on State Rd 107 when the lead bike slowed due to a small animal crossing the road. The second motorcycle also tried to slow but was unable to and crashed into the lead bike before skidding out of control. The driver of the second bike was a 50 year old Waupun man. He was transported by Lincoln County EMS to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill where he was treated and released; he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Two people were injured after a motorcycle crash on Friday evening in the Town of Bradley. At 5:50 p.m., a cell 911 call reported the crash on County Rd E near Stelling Rd. When deputies arrived, they found that a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle being driven by a 54 year old Green Bay man had left the roadway and crashed. Both the driver and his passenger, a 62 year old Green Bay woman, were injured in the crash; neither were wearing helmets. The driver was flown by MedeVac Air to Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he was listed in good condition in the intensive care unit . The passenger was flown by Spirit Air Medical Transport to the trauma center in Marshfield. As of Sunday, she was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit. Alcohol is a factor in the incident and deputies are awaiting blood tests results to finalize charges. The Tomahawk Fire Department assisted at the scene.
A 26 year old Tomahawk man was arrested early Saturday morning after deputies responded to a one vehicle crash in the Town of Tomahawk. At 3:16 a.m., a motorist on State Rd 86 called 911 and reported that a Pontiac Grand Am was flipped over on its roof near Island View Drive. When deputies arrived, they found the 26 year old Tomahawk man still in the vehicle. He denied any injury, but after being placed through field sobriety tests, he was taken into custody on a third offense charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The driver was later brought to the Lincoln County Jail, where he was held until he was sober enough to be released on Saturday afternoon.
Two Marathon County residents were arrested after a traffic stop in the Town of Harrison early Saturday evening. A deputy was following a vehicle as it traveled down County Rd B. When the vehicle turned onto Ski Hill Rd., the deputy observed it stop in the middle of the roadway and watched the driver put the vehicle into reverse and drive backwards at his squad. The deputy activated his emergency lights and the driver stopped. He was identified as a 48 year old Schofield man. He was placed through field sobriety tests and as a result was taken into custody on a first offense count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. After a blood test, the driver was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where he was released when he was sober Sunday morning. The passenger in the vehicle, a 45 year old Schofield woman, was taken into custody on a charge of probation violation. She admitted she had been placed on probation a week before in Marathon County Court for an OWI second charge and as a rule she was not allowed to drink. The woman also admitted to drinking and was taken into custody on a probation hold. She will also be cited for having open intoxicants in the motor vehicle.
A 67 year old Fond du Lac man is in the Lincoln County Jail after being arrested early Saturday evening on a felony charge of fleeing an officer. At 5:45 p.m., a deputy was traveling south on County Rd CC in the Town of Bradley when he observed a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle traveling north at 92 MPH. The cycle initially slowed down but when the deputy activated his emergency lights, it took off. The cycle reached speeds of 95 MPH and while fleeing passed a marked Sheriff’s patrol car, which was also traveling southbound just behind the first deputy. The motorcycle passed three other northbound motorcycles into oncoming traffic on a curve in a no passing zone. When the cycle turned onto Jones Rd., the driver stopped. Deputies took him into custody and he admitted he tried to flee. Roadside tests showed he had been drinking but was below the limits. The man was held for a bond hearing on Monday in Lincoln County Court.
Deputies are searching for several men who caused injuries to a Dane County man Saturday evening in the Town of Bradley. At 6:43 p.m., a 911 call reported an altercation at a tavern off of County Rd L. Deputies from both Lincoln and Oneida counties responded to the scene and found the 36 year old victim on the ground. He told them he had walked outside of the tavern and suffered an unprovoked attack from three suspects sporting colors from a known motorcycle gang. All three suspects had fled prior to law enforcement’s arrival, but witnesses had obtained license plates and the incident was captured on video surveillance. Tomahawk EMS transported the victim to Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital, where he was treated and released. Deputies will continue to do follow up on the case.
Dispatchers noted an increase in an unusual number of calls this past week and believe motorcycles may have been the cause. During the past week, 17 people called to report that their dogs had run off, or they had found stray dogs. Normally, about five such complaints are phoned in a week and many of the stray dogs were first time offenders whose owners noted they never had issues with running away before. One of the callers did report finding her dog the day after she reported it missing; underneath her porch with a new litter of puppies.
Deputies reported a quiet Sunday as motorcycles left the area to go home after Fall Ride. Deputies noted rain on Saturday night slowed down the traffic but felt the crowds were as large as ever. Throughout the weekend, deputies kept busy with traffic stops and checking on broken down vehicles. Some reports of reckless drivers were reported, but few involved motorcycles.
Six people reported striking deer this past week.