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Police officer killed, drunk driver injured

A Vilas County police officer, and Rhinelander native, was killed after running into another motorist. The other driver, a 49 year-old Lac du Flambeau man, is being charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

According to the police report, the drunk driver was crossing Highway 47 Sunday evening when he was struck by the squad car, which was on its way to assist another officer. The police officer was found dead at the scene, while the other driver suffered only minor injuries. A preliminary breath test revealed a 0.192 blood alcohol level.

The responding officer added to his report that the area around the accident was free of obstruction, and that there was nothing blocking the sight lines of the crossing motorist.

Additional information provided showed that the drunk driver’s vehicle was not registered, and, according to testimony, the driver failed to turn his lights on. Police reports claimed that officers found the Lac du Flambeau man sitting on the bumper of an emergency vehicle with glassy eyes, smelling of alcohol, and speaking in an impaired manner. There was certainty in the report writer’s mind that, given his experiences with drunk drivers, the motorist was drunk at the time of the incident.

The police officer’s seat belt was secured.

The Vilas County Assistant District Attorney will prosecute the case, as the District Attorney cited his close relationship with the Sheriff’s Department as a source of possible impartiality.

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