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Sheriff: Drunken ATV driver flipped vehicle near Lake Delton

January 1, 2019

LAKE DELTON -- Two men were cited Sunday for drunken driving on all-terrain vehicles after one man’s ATV flipped and pinned him underneath.

According to a news release from Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister, one of the two drivers called 911 around 4:48 p.m. to report that the other man’s ATV had rolled over at an address on County Road P near Herwig Road in the town of Dellona.

The caller was able to get the other man out from under the ATV so he could receive medical care, Meister reported.

“During the course of their investigation responding deputies were able to determine that both men had been consuming alcohol prior to the ATV crash,” Meister said in the release.

The two men were cited for first offense drunken ATV driving. The one who called authorities to the scene also was cited for refusing to submit to a chemical test. The news release did not identify the two men.

Meister said the crash occurred on private property. A copy of the incident report was not available Monday.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Chief Warden Todd Schaller said both citations carry a $452 fine. A second ATV drunken driving offense within five years is a crime.

Offenses on recreational vehicles do not impact a person’s driver’s license. A bill proposed in the Wisconsin Assembly last year would have changed that, but failed to pass.

The crash comes as ATV clubs are requesting new routes along Sauk County highways in 12 towns. The Sauk County Board’s Highway and Parks Committee is expected to consider the applications in the coming weeks.

Several towns and municipalities, including the town of Dellona, recently opened one or more of their roads or streets to ATVs and utility task vehicles.

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