Police Blotter

Head-on collisions and burnt bacon

McKenna Dirks

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Icy tragedy

On Nov. 10 at around 9 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 500 block of University Drive regarding a vehicle crash. The communication center said the crash had occurred within a curve in the roadway located in between the McPhee Center and Murray Hall. The communication center said both vehicles were still in the roadway and that no injuries had been reported.

Upon arrival, the officer observed two vehicles in the northbound lane of traffic located along the 500 block of University Drive. The officer observed a blue 2010 Hyundai Sonata bearing Wisconsin license plates, northbound within the lane of traffic. The officer observed the vehicle had sustained heavy frontal damage.

The officer made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Subject 1. Subject 1 said they had been traveling northbound along the 500 block of University Drive, and as they approached the left hand curve within the roadway, a red 2017 Kia Sorento crossed the center line.

Subject 1 said the Kia was attempting to negotiate the right hand curve at which point it slid into their lane of traffic. They said the Kia then crashed head-on into their vehicle. They said they were going around 20 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

Subject 1 said they did not sustain any injuries from the crash.

The officer then made contact with the driver of the Kia Sorento, Subject 2. Subject 2 said they had been traveling eastbound along the 600 block of University Drive when they approached the right hand curve in the roadway. They said they started to negotiate the right hand curve at an extremely slow rate of speed due to the snowy and icy road conditions.

Subject 2 said as they started to turn, they began to slide into oncoming traffic traveling northbound. They said they attempted to stop but was unsuccessful due to the poor road conditions. They said they crashed into Subject 1’s vehicle.

Subject 2 said they had not sustained any injuries from the crash.

The officer then conducted a records check on both subjects and found that both were valid to drive with no wants. They then took several photos of the damage sustained to both vehicles.

The officer observed that the damage done to Subject 2’s vehicle was still operational, but Subject 1’s was inoperable. They asked Subject 1 if they had any preference in a towing company, and they said they did not.

The officer contacted the communication center ad requested a no preference tow to their location for Subject 1’s vehicle. The communication center said the towing company would respond in about 20 minutes.

The officer then had Subject 2 remove their vehicle from the scene and park their vehicle in the Chippewa Valley Technical College’s parking lot located west of the scene.

After the tow company arrived, the officer answered any of the subject’s questions and then cleared the scene.

No further information was given at the time.

Who wants bacon?

On Nov. 9 at around 10:30 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a fire alarm at Chancellor’s Hall with Truck 5 and Engine 9.

The officer arrived on the scene and observed evacuation had taken place. They were approached by a resident assistant who said their hall director was out of town and they were unaware if this was a scheduled test.

The officer entered the building and could immediately detect the odor of burnt food. The officer observed the panel said room 109.

The officer went to room 109 and observed the door to be standing open. They saw the haze in the air and observed burnt bacon sitting next to the stove.

The officer made contact with Truck 5 personnel and told them about the burnt bacon.

The officer was then approached by the residents of room 109, where one said they were cooking breakfast, but the bacon began smoking. They said they took it off the stove but the alarm activated.

The alarm was silenced and reset, and the officer said to the residents they could enter the building again. They then cleared the scene.

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