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Man involved in hit-and-run faces 5th OWI charge

Police: 36-year-old allegedly hit a traffic sign, utility box

TOWN OF MONROE, Wis. - A Monticello man was arrested Saturday morning on drunken driving charges after a traffic stop revealed he had been involved in an earlier hit-and-run crash, according to a release from the Green County Sheriff's Department.

Green County sheriff deputies stopped a vehicle on South Highway 69 at Cold Springs Road in the town of Monroe around 8:55 a.m. for a traffic violation, officials said.

The vehicle had been speeding and appeared to have been in a crash, according to the release.

The driver, Gary J. Wirth, 36, of Monticello, had allegedly been involved in a hit-and-run crash around 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of County Road C and Koller Circle in the town of Washington, authorities said.

Wirth was driving eastbound on Koller Circle when he lost control, went into the ditch, collided with a traffic sign and then hit a TDS utility box, severing fiber optic cables, investigators said. Wirth left the scene and did not report the crash.

No injuries were reported in the hit-and-run crash, officials said.

Wirth's vehicle sustained moderate damage, and the airbag did not deploy.

Wirth was arrested on tentative charges of felony fifth-offense operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and was cited for operating with a cracked windshield. Wirth also faces additional citations.

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