5 injured in 3 separate crashes in Dodge County

Early-morning crash involved suspected drunken driver, deputies say
5 injured in 3 separate crashes in Dodge County

Dodge County sheriff’s deputies said that emergency crews responded to three traffic accidents where five people were injured on Sunday.

Around 1:30 a.m., deputies responded to a report of single-vehicle crash on Highway 26 and Second Street Road in the town of Emmet, officials said.

Ian Scott Ortega, 26, from Watertown, was driving north on Highway 26 when he lost control on a slight curve, went into the ditch near Second Street Road and caused extensive damage to his vehicle, investigators said.

Ortega was the only occupant at the time of the crash, and deputies said he was not at the scene of the crash when they arrived.

Officials found Ortega a short time later walking on Highway 26, according to a release. He admitted to deputies his involvement in the crash.

Ortega was eventually arrested on a tentative charge of first-offense operating while intoxicated, deputies said.

Around 11:25 a.m. Dodge County deputies responded to a report of a single-vehicle rollover crash with minor injuries on Maiden Lane near Sholdner Road in the town of Lowell, officials said.

A 1992 Ford Ranger pickup truck was driving south on Maiden Lane Road when it went into the shoulder on the west side and the driver, 18-year-old Tyler Wagner, of Rubicon, lost control, investigators said. The vehicle then crossed the roadway as it spun 180 degrees and went into the ditch on the east side of the road.

The vehicle rolled over onto its roof after going in to the ditch, officials said. All occupants were wearing their seat belts, and one of the three occupants had a small cut on his arm.

Speed was likely a factor in the crash, and Wagner was cited for failure to have control of his vehicle.

Around 1:05 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a traffic crash with injuries on County Road P near the intersection with Harding Road in the town of Ashippun, officials said.

Patricia M. Tessmann, 73, from Oconomowoc, was driving a 2006 Chrysler minivan south on County Road P, investigators said. Becky K. Witzig-Weil, 53, from Neosho, was driving a 2003 Hyundai SUV northbound on County Road P.

Tessmann lost control of her vehicle, crossed the center line and went into the northbound lane of traffic, officials said. The vehicles collided at the intersection of County Road P and Harding.

Both drivers suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Oconomowoc Hospital, according to the release. The crash remains under investigation.