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Written by JOE POIRIER   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:43

Saukville man charged with drunken driving after vehicle strikes electrical pole in lot

    A truck struck an electrical pole in the Wisconsin Humane Society’s parking lot at 2:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, after the driver swerved off the roadway on West Dekora Street.
    “The vehicle was smashed and the pole started on fire. The power flashed off and came back on,” Saukville Police Chief Jeff Goetz said.
    “The pole narrowly missed hitting a few of the cars that were parked at the Humane Society by a couple of inches. One of the cars might have had heat damage.”
    When police responded to the scene, the driver, Dean Anderson of Saukville, was sitting near his truck and claimed his tire blew out causing him to lose control. An officer smelled alcohol on Anderson’s breath and noted his speech was slurred.
    Anderson was charged Tuesday in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with felony drunken driving, his sixth offense.
    Anderson told police he had two beers between noon and 1:30 p.m., according to the criminal complaint.
    A witness said that she saw Anderson driving on Highway 33 when his truck crossed the center line into oncoming traffic, drove into a ditch and hit the electrical pole.
    The witness stopped and spoke with Anderson, who told her that he had a couple of beers, the complaint states
    The officer learned Anderson had five prior convictions for drunken driving and was not allowed to drive with a blood alcohol level above .02.
    Anderson was taken to Ozaukee St. Mary’s Hospital to treat his injuries from the crash and for a blood test.
    The maximum sentence Anderson would  face if convicted is five years in prison and five years of extended supervision.
    “There was minor damage to our green space and landscaping, but thankfully there were no injuries to any people, animals or even our primary facility,” said Matt Witte, vice president of operations for the Wisconsin Humane Society.
    • Police were traveling eastbound on East Green Bay Avenue at the I-43 northbound on-ramp at 8:25 p.m. on Sunday, Oct.1 when they learned the listed owner of a vehicle traveling in front of them had a warrant through Shawano County Sheriffs Office. A traffic stop ensued.
    The man was identified as a 36-year-old Shawano man. The man could not post the necessary bond of $439 for the warrant and was arrested. The man was taken to the Ozaukee County Jail.    
   • Police were called to the 300 block of Maple Lane for a report of a person pounding on the front door of a residence at 2:46 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 2.
    Police arrived and noticed a white SUV parked on the street. When they approached the vehicle, they saw someone laying on the backseat under a sleeping bag.
    Police made contact with the person, who identified himself as an 11-year-old from Butler. The boy told police that he drove his parents’ car, got lost and tried looking for help in the area.
    The boy was taken to the Saukville Police Department. Police contacted his parents, who did not know he was missing. They responded to take custody of their son.  
   • Police were called to Grady Park at 5:29 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, for a report of two individuals inside of a vehicle that appeared to be naked and engaging in sexual activity.
    Police approached the vehicle and confirmed this was the case. The individuals, a 29-year-old Iron Ridge man and a 20 year-old Allenton woman, stated that their activity was a dumb idea.  
    They were both issued citations for lewd and lascivious behavior, first offense.

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