4-year-old thrown from truck in OWI crash left behind, officials say

4-year-old thrown from truck in OWI crash left behind, officials say

A Baraboo man faces multiple charges Friday night, including drunken driving, after a 4-year-old was thrown from his truck during a rollover crash, deputies said.

The Sauk County Communications Center received a call around 8:10 p.m. reporting a small child walking on County Road T in the town of Fairfield, according to a release. It was reported that the child had possibly been left on the side of the road by a vehicle.

Deputies found a 4-year-old girl with minor injuries, officials said.

A short time later, a disturbance was reported in the village of West Baraboo involving a truck that had been involved in a crash, according to the release.

Investigators determined 25-year-old Alex L. Shultis, of Baraboo, was driving a truck north on County Road T with 1-year-old twins and the 4-year-old. The twins were in child safety seats, investigators said. The 4-year-old was not in a safety seat, but was wearing a seat belt.

As Shultis approached the curve at the intersection with Levee Road, it entered the ditch and overturned, ejecting the 4-year-old, according to the release. The truck stopped in the ditch on its wheels, and Shultis drove away, heading west on County Road T toward Baraboo.

The 4-year-old ran behind the truck for a while before being approached by local residents, investigators said.

Deputies found Shultis in West Baraboo, where local residents were trying to help the twins, who had remained in the truck in their child safety restraints throughout the incident, officials said.

The three children were taken to St. Clare Hospital.

Shultis was arrested on tentative charges of three counts of causing injury while operating a motor vehicle under the influence with a passenger under 16 years of age, open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, violation of child safety restraint requirements, inattentive driving, failure to keep vehicle under control, failure to notify police of an accident, three counts of child neglect causing bodily harm and three counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.