As reported by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, September 5:
On 8/29/22, Deputies were led into a high speed chase that started on USH 51 near CTH K in Merrill Township. A deputy was running the stationary radar application when he observed an S/B vehicle on USH 51 with a minor equipment violation. After the deputy turned on his team’s headlights to pursue the offender, the driver, a 37-year-old man from Wausau, abruptly left USH 51 at CTH K. The deputy was able to catch up with the suspect vehicle, at which time the driver pulled into the parking lot of the Dugout bar, which was closed. The deputy waited in the area for a short time before the suspect vehicle was seen leaving the parking lot and heading N/B on USH 51. At this point the suspect was traveling at approximately 107 MPH. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, and the vehicle drove off with the deputy in pursuit. The suspect continued to drive recklessly, often changing routes and directions in an effort to lose his deputies. Lincoln County deputies were assisted by deputies from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, who successfully deployed a tire deflation device, causing damage to the vehicle and the right front tire. After a short time, speeds were reduced enough that a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputy was able to use a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) to further disable the suspect vehicle, driving it into the ditch and crash. The driver and sole occupant was taken into custody at the time without injury. The deputy’s car sustained very minor damage and was able to continue on patrol. The suspect was transported to the Lincoln County jail, where he was incarcerated for several driving and illegal drug offenses.
On 8/30/22, preliminary reports indicate that a deputy stopped a vehicle for a violation on USH 51 near CTH V in Birch Township. After contacting the driver, a 16-year-old from Irma, the deputies suspected him of being drunk. The driver was subjected to a series of SFSTs and following these tests he was arrested for a violation of the OWI controlled substances. The minor was taken into custody and then handed over to a parent.
On 8/31/2022, deputies were dispatched to the Fairview Rd. and Joe Snow Rd. area for a reported two-car accident with injuries. A vehicle driven by a female Merrill, 72, who was S/B on Fairview Rd. when she was struck by a vehicle driven by a Wausau male, 21, who was E/B on Joe Snow Rd. when he failed to stop for a stop sign. The drivers and a passenger from the second car were transported by Merrill Ambulance to Aspirus Merrill Hospital for treatment of injuries. The Wausau man was cited for driving a motor vehicle without insurance and failing to yield to a stop sign.
On 2022-02-09, deputies along with Merrill Ambulance, Pine River Fire and first responders were dispatched to the area of STH 64 near Cain Creek Rd. in Pine River Township for a motor vehicle accident that cause injuries. According to the investigation, it appears that the driver of the vehicle, a 46-year-old Antigo woman, fell asleep while driving and left the roadway. In the resulting accident, two parties were injured. Both parties were transported by Merrill Ambulance, one to Aspirus Wausau Hospital and the other to Aspirus Merrill Hospital. The accident is still under investigation.
On 2022-02-09, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a notification from the Price County Sheriff’s Office that a vehicle was in the Hawkins, Wisconsin area and a male subject in the vehicle had fired a gun and was possibly intoxicated. The male suspect, a 55-year-old from Rhineland, also said that when the police arrived he would shoot them all. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies located the suspect vehicle in the ditch on USH 8 near CTH CC. They made contact with the suspect and sole occupant and took him into custody for security reasons. Once handcuffed, the deputies read the suspect his rights in Miranda and he refused to cooperate with them. The suspect was transported to Aspirus Tomahawk Hospital, where he was examined for a medical complaint. He was also arrested for second OWI, intoxicated use of a firearm, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, driving with suspension, unregistered motor vehicle and other traffic violations. He was then transported to the Lincoln County Jail.
On 2022-04-09, a deputy on routine patrol was following a vehicle on N. Pine Rd. by CTH A in King Township when she saw the vehicle cross the center line and drive erratically. The deputy stopped the vehicle for the violation. The deputy identified the driver as a female Tomahawk, 57, and found her under the influence of intoxicants. The driver was subjected to a series of SFSTs and, following those tests, was arrested for a first offense of OWI. During the arrest, the suspect also resisted arrest by physically resisting the deputy’s efforts to place her under arrest. The suspect did not cooperate with the rest of the process and was transported to the Lincoln County Jail.
During this week, six deer car crashes and one bear car crash were reported.