A 24 year old Tomahawk man was taken into custody early last Monday morning after a deputy found him going over three times the speed limit in the City of Tomahawk. The deputy was traveling north on South Tomahawk Avenue when he saw two vehicles approaching him at a high rate of speed. When the deputy activated his radar, he first had a reading of 66 MPH, but those speeds quickly increased to 80 MPH in a 25 MPH zone. When the deputy stopped the vehicle, he found the driver of the second vehicle had a strong odor of alcohol and appeared to be impaired. The driver was asked to perform field sobriety tests, but he refused. The man was taken into custody for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. After he was taken into custody, the suspect continually kicked the rear door of the squad car; when he was brought to the jail the arresting deputy noted the door of the vehicle was damaged. A misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property was added to the man’s charges along with disorderly conduct and the suspect was held until a bond hearing on Monday. There a Lincoln County Judge released him on a signature bond.
A 19 year old Washington state woman; formerly of Antigo, was injured after a one vehicle roll-over crash Monday evening in the Town of Pine River. At 4:06 p.m., a cell 911 caller reported a vehicle had left the roadway and rolled into some trees at the intersection of State Road 64 and High Ridge Road. The driver told the investigating deputy that she was traveling east on State Road 64 when she was distracted by her I-pod. She went off onto the shoulder of the roadway, overcorrected and then slid out of control before rolling the vehicle over. The woman was transported by Lincoln County EMS to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center where she was treated and released. She was cited for inattentive driving and failing to have insurance on her vehicle. The Pine River Fire Department and First Responders assisted at the scene.
A 19 year old Gleason man was injured Tuesday evening after striking a deer with his motorcycle in the Town of Russell. The driver was headed southbound on County Line Road when the deer ran out in front of him and was struck just before 7 p.m. Lincoln County EMS transported the driver to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center where he was treated and released.
The Town or Corning Fire Department responded to a possible diesel fuel spill Saturday evening after a semi jackknifed. Just after 10 p.m., the driver of the semi-truck from Fairchild, WI phoned 911 and reported his big rig slid out on standing water in the roadway and had jackknifed at the intersection of State Roads 64 and 107. At first it was feared a fuel tank had been ruptured, but deputies and firefighters could only find where a fuel line had become disconnected. The trailer of the semi suffered severe damage, as it was ripped open when it made contact with the cab of the truck. The roadway was cleared and re-opened around midnight.
A 23 year old Merrill man was taken into custody after deputies responded to a one vehicle crash early Sunday morning in the Town of Russell. At 2:11 a.m., a caller reported a vehicle rolled over on State Road 17 at County Road J. When deputies arrived, they found where a vehicle had been traveling south on State Road 17 at a high rate of speed, lost control and traveled sideways down the roadway for over 100 feet before flipping at least twice and coming to rest in a mud filled ditch. The driver had initially left the scene, but returned a short time later. He displayed minor injuries but refused an ambulance. When questioned, the driver admitted he had been drinking and said he knew he should not have been driving. He was placed through field sobriety tests and was brought to the Lincoln County Jail, where a test showed he was twice the legal limit for driving. The driver was cited for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated first offense, driving with expired registration, driving too fast for conditions and for inattentive driving. He was held overnight until he was sober enough to be released on Sunday afternoon.
Seven people struck deer this past week and two other animals were also struck. On Friday just before 10 p.m., a Waukesha man struck a bear on US Hwy 51 near North Star Drive. On Saturday, a Merrill man struck a turkey near Gleason causing damage to his vehicle.