LINCOLN COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE REPORTS
For time period of 05/09/2023 – 05/21/2023
A 42-year-old Milwaukee woman was taken into custody Saturday morning May 13, following a traffic stop in the Town of Rock Falls. A deputy on patrol on US Hwy. 51 stopped the vehicle the woman was operating near mile marker 217 after observing the vehicle traveling at 78 mph in a 65-mph speed zone. Upon contact with the woman, the investigating deputy noted signs of impairment. Following roadside field sobriety testing, the woman was taken into custody on a first offense charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and later released to a responsible party.
A 32-year-old Merrill man was taken into custody Friday morning, May 12, following a one-vehicle crash in the Town of Rock Falls. Deputies responded to the report of a vehicle on private property, just after 2:00 a.m. on North Star Dr. Upon arrival, the man was located asleep in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. A preliminary investigation indicated the vehicle had left the roadway and struck a tree. Upon the driver waking up, the investigating deputy noted signs of impairment. As a result, the man was taken into custody on a third-offense charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and transported to the Lincoln County Jail.
A 57-year-old Pembine man was injured during a two-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday afternoon, May 11, near the intersection of Cty. Rd. G and St. Rd. 17 in the Town of Merrill.
A preliminary investigation indicated the man was on a motorcycle southbound on St. Rd. 17 when it struck the passenger side of a vehicle being operated by a 17-year-old Merrill teen. That vehicle was northbound on St. Rd. 17 and had attempted to make a left turn onto Cty. Rd. G when it was struck by the motorcycle. The driver of the northbound vehicle will be cited for failure to yield right-of-way. The operator of the motorcycle was transported by Merrill Fire Department ambulance to Wausau Aspirus Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
A 35-year-old Kronenwetter woman anda 44-year-old Merrill woman avoided injury following a two-vehicle crash Sunday morning, May 7, in the Town of Pine River. A preliminary investigation indicated a vehicle being operated by the Kronenwetter woman was entering St. Hwy. 64 from the US Hwy. 51 off-ramp, when it struck a vehicle that was eastbound on St. Rd. 64. The Kronenwetter woman will be cited for failure to yield right of way.
On May 15 deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LISO) assisted deputies from the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office with a chase in progress. Deputies from Marathon County attempted to stop a vehicle on USH 51 in the Town of Maine when the driver refused to stop and a chase was initiated. The chase reached speeds of 100 mph. Once the chase entered Lincoln County, LISO deputies assisted. LISO deputies were able to get in front of the chase and deploy a tire deflation device which was successful in deflating the vehicle’s tires, however, the suspect continued to flee at slower speeds. A short distance later, a LISO deputy was able to use a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) to end the chase. The driver was taken into custody and immediately turned over to the Marathon County deputies. One LISO squad sustained minor damage, and no injuries were reported. The suspect was later booked into the Marathon County Jail.
On May 18, a deputy on patrol observed and stopped a vehicle for failing to stop for a stop sign and speed on USH 8 and USH 51 in the Town of Bradley. Upon investigating, the deputy observed signs of impairment and asked the driver, a 33-year-old Rhinelander man, to perform standard field sobrity tests. As a result of those tests, the driver was placed under arrest for 1st Offense OWI. The driver was later released to a responsible party.
During week of May 15-21, there were 13 reported car/deer crashes.