Lincoln County Sheriff’s Report: Jan. 23, 2023
As reported by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Monday, Jan. 23:
A Tomahawk man, 26, was cited for 1st offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) following a traffic stop in the Town of Pine River in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 22. A deputy on patrol stopped the vehicle the man was operating nearly mile-marker 209 after observing the vehicle travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. During contact with the man, the investigating deputy observed the odor of intoxicants about the man’s person, glassy eyes and slurred speech. The man was taken into custody, cited and later released to a responsible party.
A Wausau man, 26, faces several charges following a traffic stop Saturday evening Jan. 21 in the Town Of Scott. A deputy on patrol, who is also a certified Drug Recognized Expert (DRE), stopped the vehicle the man was operating after being notified of a complaint from another motorist about his driving behavior. During contact with the man, the investigating deputy observed signs indicative of drug impairment. As a result, the man was taken into custody on charges of 3rd offense OWI, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating after revocation. During the investigation, it was discovered the man also had outstanding warrants for his arrest with the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office and the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office.
Poor road conditions in the northern portion of the county kept deputies quite busy on the evening of Thursday Jan. 19 into the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 20. In the course of four hours, deputies responded to four separate motor vehicle crashes.
The first crash was reported at 9:33 p.m. on U.S Hwy. 51 in the Town of Birch. A northbound vehicle driven by an Illinois man, 29, met a patch of ice and lost control and spun into the median before coming to a rest, facing southbound traffic. Deputies assisted the man in getting his vehicle back on the road on his way to his destination.
The second crash was reported just after 10 p.m. on U.S. Hwy. 8 near the Lincoln-Oneida county line. A westbound vehicle driven by Rhinelander man, 40, lost control, entered the median and struck the ditch before rolling over and coming to a rest on the driver’s side. Both the driver and his passenger, a Rhinelander woman, 46, were unharmed during the crash. The vehicle reportedly sustained only minor damage as a result of the crash.
A third crash was reported 20 minutes later on U.S. Hwy. 51 in the Town of Bradley. A northbound vehicle driven by an Illinois man, 41, met a patch of ice and lost control, spun into the median and struck a snow bank before rolling over and coming to a rest on the passenger side. The driver and three children in the vehicle were unharmed and assisted by deputies in finding lodging for the night.
The fourth crash report came into the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office’s E911 Communications Center just before 2 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 2., occurring on U.S. Hwy. 51 near mile-marker 224 in the Town of Bradley. In that incident, a northbound vehicle being operated by a Tomahawk man, 59, lost control, struck the ditch and rolled over before coming to rest on its top. The driver was initially trapped inside the vehicle. A responding deputy was able to remove snow away from the driver’s door of the vehicle, force the door open and assist the driver in exiting. The driver was unharmed during the crash.
Five motorists reported striking deer in Lincoln County this past week, down from six earlier this month.