SPRING VALLEY TOWNSHIP, Wis. -

Authorities said a 26-year-old Footville man was suspected of drunken driving Sunday after he and a passenger were injured in a crash.

Public safety personnel responded to a report of a single-vehicle rollover accident at 1:53 a.m. on South Tollefson Road near West Lang Road in Spring Valley Township.

According to a report, units found a white Chevy Blazer resting on its driver’s side in the east ditch.

The sheriff’s department said the preliminary information showed the driver, Todd Haugen, 26, and his passenger Heather Higginbotham, 23, both of Footville, were heading north on South Tollefson Road when the vehicle drifted off the roadway.

Sgt. Matthew Jacobson with the Rock County Sheriff’s Department said the driver overcorrected, causing the vehicle to skid sideways across the road into the ditch.
The vehicle struck a culvert, causing it to roll at least twice and come to rest on the driver’s side in a farm field, according to the report. Haugen and Higginbotham were both ejected from the vehicle.

Haugen was transported to Mercy Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Jacobson said. Higginbotham was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, treated and released, the report noted.

Jacobson said it appeared alcohol was a contributing factor in the accident. He also said neither occupant was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Haugen was cited for operating while intoxicated, causing injury by operating while intoxicated, and a seat belt violation. Higginbotham was cited for a seat belt violation.

Orfordville fire and EMS, Footville EMS, and the City of Janesville paramedics assisted on the call, the sheriff’s department said.