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Police cite Portage man for operating while impaired after hitting parked cars

January 10, 2019
A Portage police officer inspects the scene of a vehicle crash Monday on the 1100 block of West Wisconsin Street. Officers responded to the scene after a man driving a pickup truck slammed into two unoccupied parked vehicles.

Portage police cited a man for a first offense of operating a motor vehicle while drugged and failure to keep a vehicle under control Monday after the pickup truck he was driving hit two parked cars on the 1100 block of West Wisconsin Street.

Dennis L. Hasenfuss, 75, of Portage, sustained minor injuries and was transported by EMS to Divine Savior, police said. The two vehicles parked outside the Cameron Heights apartments were unoccupied. No one else was hurt.

In a police report, Officer Brian Loewenhagen said Hasenfuss “showed signs of intoxication and was issued a citation for operating a motor vehicle while impaired first offense and did submit to an evidentiary blood test at Divine Savior Hospital.”

Hasenfuss told police he was given medication at a Madison hospital earlier in the day Monday before driving back to Portage that afternoon.

Portage Police Chief Ken Manthey said Hasenfuss was released to a responsible person after he was discharged from the hospital.

Because it was a first offense, the case is not filed as a criminal charge, Manthey said. The two citations will be handled by Portage City Attorney Jesse Spankowski in Municipal Court.

Hasenfuss faces a fine of $861 and suspension of his driver’s license. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 29.

Manthey said the blood analysis could take up to three months, depending on the specific substances involved. Police could not say Tuesday whether alcohol was a factor.

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