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Dane Co. to increase patrols to decrease drunken driving

Officials cited man after driving vehicle into lake

MADISON, Wis. - The Dane County Sheriff's Office will conduct an overtime grant enforcement project focused on keeping intoxicated drivers off the road Saturday, according to a release.

The project is part of a statewide effort to decrease drunken driving and the number of serious injury and fatality crashes that result, according to the release.

Last Saturday, officials cited five drivers for operating while intoxicated between 11 p.m. and 3:30 a.m., according to the release. All were first offenses and at least two involved crashes.

During last Saturday's increased enforcement, a 51-year-old man from Sauk City sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries after he drove his vehicle into Fish Lake near Fish Lake Road and Schoepp Road in the town of Roxbury, according to the release.

The man was transported to Sauk Prairie Hospital by EMS and is being cited for OWI, inattentive driving and failure to wear a seat belt.

Officials said the additional enforcement is made possible by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Safety.

Four additional deputies will be working between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., according to the release.

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