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Viroqua man looses consciousness flips vehicle

CS Accident 41519 Haugen, Rudolph R

On Monday morning, April 15, 2019, at approximately 5:45 AM a single-vehicle crash occurred on US Highway 14, just east of the village of Readstown, in the town of Kickapoo. 
   Rudolph R. Haugen, age 48, was operating a mid-sized sport utility vehicle eastbound on US Highway 14 and lost consciousness.  In a curve to the left, the vehicle left the right, or south side of the highway traveling parallel to the highway. 
   The vehicle traveled several hundred feet, became airborne and traveled over a ditch and concrete box culvert structure.  The vehicle landed on the opposite side of the ditch and remained upright until striking a field road driveway entrance.  The vehicle became airborne, landed in a field, overturned (flipped from end-to-end).  The vehicle came to rest on its top. 
   Rudolph Haugen sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Vernon Memorial Healthcare in Viroqua by Readstown EMS.  He was later transferred to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse where he is listed in stable condition.
   Assisting the Sheriff's Office at the scene were the Readstown Fire Department and Readstown EMS.  (Photo courtesy of Sheriff Spears)

Head-on collision result of OWI

Vernon County, WI - A two vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 1:24am on the morning of April 12th 2019. The accident occurred on State Highway 35 in the Town of Bergen approximately two miles north of Stoddard, WI.
   A southbound vehicle driven by Brett M Lowen of LaCrosse,WI attempted to pass a vehicle and struck the northbound vehicle driven by Awoume K. Tete of Iowa City, IA. The two vehicles struck nearly head-on. Lowen's vehicle continued south for approximately 100 yards and eventually came to rest in the ditch. Tete's vehicle came to rest in the ditch after impact.
   Awoume Tete had to be extricated out of the vehicle by the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department and was transported to Gundersen Health Systems with injuries. Tete was wearing his seatbelt. Lowen was able to get out of the vehicle on his own but was complaining of leg pain and transported to Mayo Hospital for treatment. Lowen was also wearing his seatbelt.  Airbags were also deployed in both vehicles. Lowen was later released and arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated causing an Injury.
   Assisting the Vernon County Sheriff's Office was the LaCrosse County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department, Stoddard-Bergen EMS, and Tri-State Ambulance.

Car suddenly burst into flames

CS Car fire 4819

On April 7, 2019 at 4:11 p.m. the Vernon County 911 Dispatch Center was notified about a vehicle fire on U.S. Highway 14/61 south of Viroqua.  Andrew H. Olson, age 41, of Richland Center was operating a vehicle westbound on U.S. Highway 14/61 when the dashboard indicator battery light came on. 
   Olson also said a little smoke started in the engine compartment.  Olson pulled his vehicle to the side of the road.  Olson reports that vehicle suddenly shut off and heavy smoke and flames started to come from the engine compartment.  Olson exited the vehicle and moved to safety. 
   The first deputy on scene reported the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.  Viroqua Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the fire.  Because the fire was large and close to the road U.S. Highway 14/61 was shut down for a short time while emergency crews worked.  One traffic lane was quickly opened and motorists were able to safely move through the scene. 
   The vehicle sustained heavy fire damage and had to be towed from the scene.  The accident remain under investigation. (Photo courtesy of Sheriff John Spears)

Coon Valley man arrested on drug charges

Joshua B. Lusk age 35 of rural Coon Valley was arrested following a traffic stop on March 29th 2019 at approximately 11:43pm . Lusk was operating his vehicle southbound on Highway 35 when a deputy observed an inoperable headlight. Lusk was stopped and a field interview conducted.
   A search of the vehicle was conducted and deputies located Cocaine, Marijuana, a digital scale, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. Lusk was transported to the Vernon County Detention Center and was charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of drug paraphernalia, and a Probation Hold.
   Formal charges will be referred to the Vernon County District Attorney's Office.




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