Three OWI arrests over the weekend in Washington County | By Lieutenant Tim Kemps

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April 27, 2020 – Washington Co., WI – A Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy was on patrol around 2 a.m. Saturday morning, April 25 when he observed a car traveling 30 mph under the speed limit, southbound on I41 in the Town of Addison. The deputy stopped the car after it drove in and out of the ditch and then began traveling down the middle of the interstate.

As the deputy began approaching the car he noticed the female driver was completely naked. He also observed a male passenger slouched down in the front passenger seat. The deputy ordered the passenger to show him his hands prior to approaching the window. The passenger raised his hands while still holding a marijuana pipe. Both occupants appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The driver indicated she had left her house to bring her passenger home and “had not thought to put clothes on.” She also indicated she was doing it for “the thrill of it.” She had left her residence in Juneau and was trying to get the passenger back to his Juneau residence. She was not sure where she was at the time of the stop. The deputy was able to find a sweatshirt for the driver to wear while field sobriety tests were given. The 29-year-old Juneau women was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated. The passenger was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the first incident was being investigated an alert citizen witness called into 911 to report a vehicle heading towards the first traffic stop. They reported the car struck several construction barrels. That vehicle was stopped by a deputy on I41 south of the other traffic stop. A 28-year-old, Fond du Lac man was arrested for third offense Operating While Intoxicated as well as possession of fentanyl, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies also arrested a 29-year-old, Neosho man for Operating While Intoxicated 2nd offense with a minor in the car after he crashed with his 7-year-old daughter in the car. This incident occurred on CTH 0 near STH 83 in the Town of Erin on Sunday afternoon. The suspect was believed to be suffering from an opiate overdose at the time of the crash based on good Samaritans statements at the scene. The suspect was also arrested for possession of fentanyl and drug paraphernalia. There were no major injuries as a result of the car accident.

Sheriff Martin Schulteis said, “We want the community to know that our officers are out actively pursuing those that choose to endanger the lives of others by driving impaired. These examples illustrate people showing an utter disregard for human life. We are thankful that no one was injured however the consequences could have been tragic. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with observant citizens will continue to aggressively pursue justice on the roadways.”

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