Jul. 8—EAU CLAIRE — Alcohol and a sudden braking have been elements resulting in a hit-and-run crash on Hastings Approach that injured one of many drivers, police say.
Dakota J. Engel, 25, 3308 Oakland St., was charged this week in Eau Claire County Court docket with misdemeanor counts of inflicting harm by drunken driving and hit and run attended automobile. Engel is scheduled to make his preliminary court docket look on Aug. 4.
Based on the legal grievance:
Eau Claire police have been referred to as to a report of a hit-and-run crash with harm on June 15 on Hastings Approach.
An officer responded and located a grey automobile southbound, partially within the left lane, on Hastings Approach. It was additionally partially within the left flip lane for Hogeboom Avenue.
There was important harm to the automobile. The motive force had decrease again ache because of the crash. He appeared to grimace in ache and supplied an outline of the opposite automobile.
The motive force mentioned he was southbound on Hastings Approach simply south of Birch Avenue when he tried to go a sluggish shifting sport utility automobile. When he moved to the subsequent lane, the motive force mentioned the SUV pulled over instantly in entrance of him.
The motive force mentioned he moved again to his unique lane of site visitors and the SUV did the identical factor and all of the sudden hit his brakes.
The motive force finally did go the SUV. However the SUV elevated its pace and crashed arduous into the rear of the motive force’s grey automobile. The motive force of the SUV left the scene after the 2 drivers yelled at one another.
The motive force of the grey automobile was transported to Mayo Clinic Well being System in Eau Claire for remedy of his accidents.
A second officer discovered the SUV. It was parked on Altoona Avenue and had entrance bumper harm. Its emergency flashers have been activated and Engel was standing outdoors the automobile. Engel admitted to being concerned within the crash. He mentioned he was driving south on Hastings Approach when a automobile was tailgating him.
Engel mentioned he “brake checked” his automobile, which is a time period used to explain when somebody slams on their brakes whereas driving instantly in entrance of one other automobile.
Engel mentioned the grey automobile then handed him and likewise did a brake verify. Engel mentioned he was unable to cease and struck the rear of the grey automobile.
The officer may scent a powerful odor of intoxicants coming from Engel, who admitted to ingesting 1 / 4 of a bottle of vodka previous to driving his SUV.
Engel was arrested for drunken driving and brought to Mayo Clinic Well being System in Eau Claire for a blood draw.