Impaired Drivers

May 08, 2023
Elise Schaffer, PIO, (608) 284-6142
Sheriff's Office

– Dane County Sheriff’s deputies were busy responding to calls involving impaired drivers Sunday afternoon. In about a 4-hour period, deputies responded to 4 calls involving intoxicated drivers and 3 of those were crashes.


At 1:34 pm, an impaired driver struck a power pole on State Highway 19 in the town of Mazomanie. Alliant Energy responded to take care of the power pole, while deputies cited the 63-year-old man for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI).


At 2:46 pm, a caller reported a vehicle had crashed into her garage on the 600 block of N. Fair Oaks Avenue in the town of Blooming Grove. The 53-year-old woman operating the car did not pass field sobriety tests and was cited for OWI and no registration.

About 10 minutes later, deputies in the Village of Windsor responded to Vinburn Road and County Highway C, for a call of a red sedan stopped in the middle of traffic. The 54-year-old female driver seemed confused and she was ultimately cited for OWI.

At approximately 5:45 pm, deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash at U.S. Highway 12 and Deerfield Road in the town of Cottage Grove. The intoxicated driver attempted to leave the scene, but was stopped and arrested for OWI. The 46-year-old man also received a number of traffic citations. Two people from the other vehicle were transported to a local hospital by EMS with minor injuries.

For all of these drivers it was their first offense OWI. The average fine for a OWI-1st offense is $937.50 and a driver’s license revocation of 6-9 months.