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Wisconsin Dells officer arrested for alleged drunken driving, hit and run

Wisconsin Dells officer arrested for alleged drunken driving, hit and run

WISCONSIN DELLS — A police officer faces charges of operating while intoxicated after a crash on Sauk County Highway A.

Wisconsin Dells police responded to a hit-and-run complaint at Zeus’ Village, 420 County A, in the city of Wisconsin Dells at 4 a.m. on July 17. The suspect in the complaint was Brent Brown, 32, a sergeant of the Dells Police Department. Dells police called in the Wisconsin State Patrol because the suspect was one of their officers.

“We were notified as an outside agency because Wisconsin Dells will not and should not investigate their own officers in a matter like that. We were called in for a conflict of interest,” said Sgt. Michael Vasquez of the State Patrol.

Brown, a Baraboo native, was cited for operating while intoxicated, hit-and-run to an unattended vehicle and deviation from designated lane. He was not on duty at the time of the incident and is currently on paid suspension, Police Chief Jody Ward said.

According to Vasquez, Brown’s vehicle struck a Dumpster and a parked car, then proceeded home. Vasquez said Brown’s wife returned to the scene of the incident to speak with officers.

A police report states Brown was found at home and his truck was found in the garage with extensive front end damage. The report states Brown told officers he had been home for three hours already and had consumed three beers in that time before going to sleep.

Brown was arrested and taken to the Sauk County Jail. The report said he consented to an evidentiary chemical test of his breath which showed a blood-alcohol content of .14. The legal limit for driving in Wisconsin is .08.

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