Trees falling, low speed hit and runs and leaving lights on.

Elliot Adams

More stories from Elliot Adams

The Tator
May 9, 2023

Tree blockage

At approximately 1:50 p.m. on April 12, an officer was approached by a UW-Eau Claire grounds employee about a tree that had fallen and blocked the road outside of the Nursing Building. 

The officer then made their way to the spot of the downed tree. The officer observed that the tree had been moved to allow traffic through the road but that debris from the tree was surrounding two parked cars. 

The officer investigated the scene and didn’t see any observable damage to either car. 

After a records search, the officer was able to contact both drivers by phone and advise them to check their cars for any damage. 

The officer then answered any questions either driver had before ending the calls. 

UW-Eau Claire grounds employees then arrived on the scene to completely clear the downed tree and remove all debris. 

After the tree was removed, the officer cleared the scene. 

Mystery hit and run

At approximately 8:00 a.m. on April 14, an officer was checking the department email account when they noticed an email from a UW-Eau Claire employee reporting a hit and run on their parked car in the Hibbard lot.  

The officer attempted to contact the employee but was only able to place a voicemail. 

The officer then contacted Blugold Central in an attempt to get a plate number for the damaged vehicle. 

Blugold Central provided the plate number and the officer was able to investigate the Hibbard lot and find the damaged vehicle. 

The officer located a vehicle with matching plates and observed a small dent on the rear portion of the vehicle. 

The officer noticed no paint transfer marks on the damaged vehicle which would have provided clues as to who committed the hit and run. 

At approximately 11:05 a.m. the officer received a call back from the employee. The employee provided more information as to when their car was damaged. 

The officer then advised that they’d be completing an accident reporting form for damages less than $1,000 and provide a copy to the employee, after answering questions, the officer then cleared the scene. 

Turn your hazards off

At approximately 10:44 p.m. on April 17, an officer received a call from a campus safety officer about a vehicle in the Towers Circle Lot with its hazard lights running for the past three hours. 

The officer then arrived on the scene and observed the vehicle with its hazards on and searched up the plate number. 

After conducting a quick records search, the officer was able to find out that the owner of the vehicle was a student who resided in the Suites Residence Hall. 

The officer attempted to contact the student by phone but was unable to reach the student. 

The officer then made their way to Suites where they knocked on the student’s door. The officer was greeted by one of the roommates who then brought the student to the door. 

The officer explained to the student that their car’s hazard lights have been running for the past few hours and the student said that they’d shut them off immediately. 

The officer then cleared the scene.