LINCOLN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
Wrap Up for the Period of: 08/29/2022 – 09/5/2022
08-29-22 deputies were led on a high-speed pursuit that started on USH 51 near CTH K in the Township of Merrill. A deputy was running stationary radar enforcement when he observed a southbound vehicle on USH 51 with a minor equipment violation. Once the deputy turned on his squad’s headlights to go after the violator, the driver, a 37-year-old Wausau man, abruptly exited USH 51 at CTH K. The deputy was able to catch up to the suspect vehicle at which time the driver pulled into the parking lot of the Dugout Bar which was closed. The deputy waited in the area for a short time before the suspect vehicle was observed leaving the parking lot and heading northbound on USH 51. At this point, the suspect was traveling approximately 107 mph. The deputy attempted a stop on the vehicle, and the vehicle fled with the deputy in pursuit. The suspect continued to drive recklessly, changing roads and directions often in an attempt to lose pursuing deputies. Lincoln County deputies were assisted by deputies with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, who successfully deployed a tire deflation device, causing damage to the vehicle and front right tire. After a short time, speeds were reduced enough that a deputy with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was able to use a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) to further disable the suspect vehicle, causing it to enter the ditch and crash. The driver and only occupant was taken into custody at that time without injury. The deputy’s car sustained very minor damage and was able to continue on patrol. The suspect was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked in for several driving and illegal drug violations.
08-30-22 preliminary reports are that a deputy stopped a vehicle for a violation on USH 51 near CTH V in the Township of Birch. After making contact with the driver, a 16-year-old Irma youth, deputies suspected him to be impaired. The driver was placed through a series of standard field sobriety tests and, as a result of those tests, he was arrested for a violation of OWI of controlled substances. The juvenile was taken into custody and later released to a parent.
08/31/2022 deputies were dispatched to the area of Fairview Rd. and Joe Snow Rd. for a reported two-car crash with injuries. One vehicle, being operated by a 72-year-old Merrill woman, was southbound on Fairview Rd. when she was struck by a vehicle being operated by a 21-year-old Wausau man, who was eastbound on Joe Snow Rd. when he failed to stop for a stop sign. Both drivers and a passenger in the second car were transported by Merrill Ambulance to Aspirus Merrill Hospital for treatment of injuries. The Wausau man was cited for operating a motor vehicle without insurance and failure to yield the right of way from a stop sign.
09/02/2022 deputies along with Merrill Ambulance, Pine River Fire and First Responders were dispatched to the area of STH 64 near Cain Creek Rd. in the Township of Pine River for a reported car crash with injuries. From investigation it appears as though the drive of the vehicle a 46-year-old Antigo woman fell asleep while driving and left the roadway. In the resulting crash two parties were injured. Both parties were transported by Merrill Ambulance one to Aspirus Wausau Hospital and one to Aspirus Merrill Hospital. The crash is still under investigation.
09/02/2022 the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received notification from the Price County Sheriff’s Office of a vehicle that had been in the Hawkins area and a male subject in the vehicle had been shooting a gun and was possibly intoxicated. The male suspect, a 55-year-old Rhinelander man, also made a comment that when police arrive, he will shoot them all. Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office located the suspect vehicle in the ditch on USH 8 near CTH CC. They made contact with the suspect and only occupant and took him into custody for safety concerns. Once in handcuffs, the deputies read the suspect his Miranda rights and he refused to cooperate with them. The suspect was transported to Aspirus Tomahawk Hospital where he was checked for a medical complaint. He was also arrested for OWI second, intoxicated use of a firearm, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, operating while suspended, un-registered motor vehicle, and other traffic violations. He was then transported to the Lincoln County Jail.
09/04/2022 a deputy on routine patrol was following a vehicle on N. Pine Rd. by CTH A in the Township of King when she observed the vehicle crossing the center line and driving erratically. The deputy stopped the vehicle for the violation. The deputy identified the driver as a 57-year-old Tomahawk woman and found her to be under the influence of intoxicants. The driver was placed through a series of standard field sobriety tests and, as a result, of those tests was arrested for a first offense of OWI. During the arrest the suspect also resisted arrest by physically resisting the deputies’ efforts to place her under arrest. The suspect failed to cooperate with the remainder of the process and was transported to the Lincoln County Jail.
During this period, there were six car vs deer crashes and one car vs bear crash reported.