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Lincoln County Sheriff Report–August 18

18 Aug News

A 72 year old Madison man was taken into custody last Monday after a Deputy stopped a vehicle south of Tomahawk on Highway 51 traveling nearly 25 over the speed limit. The Deputy noticed two bottles of vodka sitting on the passenger seat. When the driver exited the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests he fell on the side of the road and another bottle of vodka was found in his pants pocket. The man refused field sobriety tests but provided a breath sample that was more than twice the legal limit for driving. The man will be cited for speeding, operating while intoxicated and for having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle.

A New Hampshire man was cited on Tuesday morning after a Deputy in an unmarked squad car spotted the man speeding on US Hwy 51. The Deputy was traveling south on US Hwy 51 motorcycle passed him at a high rate of speed. The Deputy followed the man as he weaved in and out of traffic at speeds estimated to be at 110 MPH. When the man was stopped south of Merrill the driver told a Deputy he was heading back to New Hampshire from the Minocqua area and did not realize he was traveling at that rate of speed. The man was issued a citation for reckless driving.

A 35 year old Tomahawk man escaped injury after a one vehicle rollover crash Wednesday evening in the Town of Bradley. The crash happened at just before 6pm on Highway 8. The driver was transported to an area hospital but he left before treatment. The investigating Deputy cited the man for not having insurance and for failing to maintain control of his vehicle, alcohol was not a factor.

Two people were taken into custody early Friday morning after a traffic stop in the Town of Bradley. Just after 2:00 AM a Deputy stopped a vehicle on County Rd A just north of Tomahawk for speeding. Detecting the odor of an intoxicant the driver a 41 year old Tomahawk man was asked to perform field sobriety tests. As a result he was taken into custody for operating while intoxicated. After processing, the man called a friend as a responsible party but when the 40 year old Tomahawk man arrived at the police station a check showed he was wanted by the Merrill Police Department. Both men were brought to the Lincoln County Jail and they were held until later in the day when the 41 year old was sober and the 40 year old had his bond posted.

A 49 year old Wausau man was taken into custody on Friday evening after an ATV stop led to an OWI. The Rec. Deputy stopped the ATV when he spotted it traveling on County Rd A near Horse Shoe Rd at 58 MPH in the 35 MPH zone. When the Rec. Deputy stopped the man to speak to him about the speed he detected the strong odor of an intoxicant and asked the man to perform field sobriety tests. As a result of those tests the man was taken into custody for a first offense of operating while intoxicated. The driver will also be cited for speed, he was released to a responsible party.

A 38 year old Merrill man is in the Lincoln County Jail after a Deputy investigated a vehicle in the ditch in the Town of Merrill late Friday night. The man initially provided a false name to the Deputy but later admitted to his true identity. A check showed he was on probation and it was found he was drinking in violation of his rules. The suspect was arrested on a charge of obstructing for providing the false name along with probation violation. He was brought to the Lincoln County Jail where a pill was located in his wallet that turned out to be narcotic which was not prescribed for him. An additional charge of possession of a narcotic was added to the man’s charges.

A 35 year old Tomahawk woman was arrested early Sunday after Deputies responded to a reported campground disturbance. Just after midnight a caller reported the incident at the Otter Lake Campground in the Town of Skanawan. Deputies arrived to find one of those involved had left the area, possibly driving while intoxicated. About an hour later a Deputy saw the vehicle in Tomahawk and made contact with the driver. She admitted to being at the campground and said she left due to the disturbance. As a result of a field sobriety test the woman was arrested on first offense operating while intoxicated. The woman admitted she had her four children with her when she was driving added as an escalator to the OWI.

The number of car deer crashes has increased with four being reported this past week. Another animal struck this past week was a cow. A Wisconsin Dell’s man struck the cow on State Rd 17 just north of County Rd G in the Town of Merrill. A nearby farmer was located and advised the animal was his. A Deputy had to put down the suffering animal.