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Wisconsin drunk driving charge vacated

Anyone who has watched dramatizations based on law enforcement officers has likely seen a show in which an officer's actions are based upon a "hunch." While such action may ultimately be successful on television, it may not be in real life in Wisconsin, depending on the circumstances. In fact, a court has recently overturned a drunk driving and weapons conviction following a traffic stop that was initiated based upon assumptions made by a sheriff's deputy.

The incident that led the the man's arrest and subsequent conviction happened on a night in March 2017. A deputy reportedly pulled over a vehicle containing several occupants; one of the occupants, a man, reportedly ran from the scene, prompting a search. Other deputies were in the area as a result.

Are bicyclists safe in Wisconsin?

Bicycling is a great mode of transportation when the weather is warm and the roads are clear. Some cyclists are passionate enough to affix fat tires to their bikes and ride during the winter months.

Regardless of the season, bicyclists should be able to trust they can get on the road without the risk of injury. Does Wisconsin give them the assurance they deserve?

1 killed, 1 injured in Wisconsin car accident

The weather in Wisconsin can sometimes create road conditions that may be unsafe. Drivers are expected to respond to such conditions to avoid an accident. Unfortunately, a recent car accident reportedly left a teenager dead and his passenger injured.

The incident happened around 10 a.m. on a day in mid-January. According to reports, a 23-year-old male was headed south on a Wisconsin roadway, driving a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer containing a car. That driver reportedly lost control, causing the vehicle to enter northbound lanes.

Beware of BUI laws in Wisconsin

Everyone knows that it is illegal to drink and drive. However, did you also know it is illegal to drink and drive a boat?

Operating a boat while intoxicated (BWI) is unlawful in the state of Wisconsin. Alcohol the number one cause of boating-related deaths. In 2017, there were over 100 fatalities in boating accidents involving alcohol across the United States. Additionally, over 225 people sustained injuries, according to recent reports.

Woman taken to hospital after dog attack

There are certain activities that people should feel reasonably safe doing. For example, most people in Wisconsin and across the country should feel safe while walking to the store. Unfortunately, a woman in another state will likely question her safety from now on after she was reportedly the victim of a dog attack.

The incident happened on a day in early January. According to reports, the victim has special needs and is apparently living as a patient in a boarding home. A woman says that she found the victim on her hands and knees by the side of the road. Three dogs were reportedly around her, though none were attacking her at the time.

Man in Wisconsin faces 8th drunk driving charge

It is easy to make assumptions. However, assumptions are often not fully supported by the evidence. In a criminal case, if there is not sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the person must be found not guilty. Other than previous drunk driving accusations against a Wisconsin man, it is unclear what evidence supports the allegation that he was intoxicated prior to his most recent arrest.

The events that led to the man's arrest happened on a day in late December. According to reports, a deputy was patrolling a Wisconsin interstate just before 9 p.m. The deputy claims that a vehicle passed him going over the posted speed limit. He then claims that the driver was weaving in and out of traffic despite snowy conditions and reached speeds of 100 mph.

1 killed, 2 seriously injured in Wisconsin car accident

This time of year is often a special one for many families in Wisconsin and across the country. Many will spend a great deal of time following old traditions and creating new ones as they celebrate the holidays. Unfortunately, one family is now left planning a funeral after a fatal car accident took the life of a 14-year-old girl.

The incident reportedly happened just before 7:30 p.m. on a day in mid-December.  According to reports, the 14-year-old victim was riding in the back seat of a car driven by an 18-year-old. Reports indicate that a 17-year-old was also riding in the vehicle.

Wisconsin Girl Scout returns home after serious car crash

In most communities in Wisconsin, there are people who are dedicated to community service. This dedication can be displayed in many ways, but for one Girl Scout troop it was shown through the adoption of a highway. The troop picked up trash in the area they adopted. Unfortunately, their gesture turned to tragedy due to a car crash that resulted in multiple fatalities.

The incident happened on a day in early November. According to reports, the troop was picking up trash by the roadway. Unfortunately, police say that a 21-year-old driver and his passenger were "huffing vapors" from a can of keyboard cleaner. The driver reportedly crossed the centerline and entered a ditch, striking four girls and their leader.

How to avoid getting bitten by a dog this holiday season

The holiday season can be stressful for people and their pets, and the stress of holiday events can cause even well-behaved dogs to lash out. Most dog bites happen to people who are already familiar with the dog, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although many people are used to being around dogs and might shrug off the danger of dog bites, it is important to recognize that dog bites can cause serious injuries and infections. Roughly one in five people who have been bitten by a dog require medical attention, the CDC reports.

Multi-vehicle crash in Wisconsin leads to drunk driving claim

When people are involved in a car accident, the adrenaline of the moment could cause them to react in ways that are out of character. However, it may be easy for this somewhat reflexive reaction to be misinterpreted by law enforcement officials. In fact, police in Wisconsin believe that drunk driving was a factor in a recent chain-reaction car crash.

The incident happened one evening on a day in mid-November. Police believe that a driver headed south on a Wisconsin interstate lost control of his vehicle, causing the vehicle to enter the median before coming to a rest in the northbound lanes. Then multiple vehicles that were headed north became involved in the collision. Traffic in the southbound lanes also slowed, resulting in additional crashes.

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