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4 injured in 2 drunken-driving crashes in Dane County

Sheriff: 2 other drivers arrested on OWI charges around same time

MADISON, Wis. - Four people were injured in two separate crashes early Sunday morning in Dane County, according to a release.

Around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, a 2000 Ford Escort was driving east on Schadel Road in the town of Deerfield when the driver, Dustin M. Moreland, 19, of Marshall, failed to stop at a stop sign at County Road W, deputies said. The Ford hit a group of trees and Moreland's passenger, Alexander C. Bower, 23, of Sun Prairie, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Moreland and Bower were admitted to UW Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash, according to the release. Moreland was arrested on a tentative charge of second-offense operating while intoxicated and causing injury. He was also cited for operating after revocation, failure to stop at a stop sign and not wearing a seat belt.

The second crash happened around 1:30 a.m. on Count Road B just west of Clear View Road in the town of Christiana, deputies said.

A 2006 Dodge Ram was driving east on County Road B when it veered off the road and rolled over, according to the release. Michael D. Froh, 31, of Ridgeway, was ejected from the pickup truck and sustained critical injuries. He was transported by Med Flight to UW Hospital.

The driver of the Dodge, Tony P. Gausmann, 33, of Cambridge, was also admitted to UW Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash, deputies said. Gausmann was arrested on a tentative charge of operating while intoxicated causing great bodily harm.

Officials said Froh and Gausmann were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

According to the release, Dane County sheriff's deputies arrested two other drivers for operating while intoxicated during the same shift.

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