Pickup truck, car fall through ice on 2 Dodge County lakes

Fox Lake man accused of 5th OWI

HUSTISFORD, Wis. - Multiple agencies responded to two incidents of vehicles breaking through lake ice in Dodge County Sunday evening, officials said. 

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office said a 20-year-old was driving  a car on the ice on Lake Sinissippi near Hustisford at 5:43 p.m. when the car broke through the frozen surface. 

The driver and his 18-year-old passenger, both from Washington County, were able to escape the car and walk to shore, according to the report. A family allowed them into their home until help arrived. Neither occupant was injured or taken to a hospital by EMS.

The sheriff's office said the two were not ice fishing. Inexperience on the ice and unfamiliarity with the frozen lake and its current conditions were likely factors in the incident, authorities said. 

Later, shortly after 9 p.m., a pickup tuck driven by a 55-year-old rural Fox Lake man broke through the ice of Fox Lake. The sheriff's office said the man was fishing on the lake throughout the day before the incident.

The man and his dog escaped the truck and sought help on shore, according to the report. The truck went through the ice near Indian Point and close to the river channel area. The man and his dog were warmed by Fox Lake EMS and din't require medical treatment. The man was arrested on suspicion of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated and taken to jail.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will follow up with the car and truck drivers. The agency requires vehicles that fall through the ice to be removed by the owner within 30 days.

Lebanon EMS, Hustisford first responders and fire department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Fox Lake Fire and EMS assisted at the scenes.

The sheriff's office said certain traffic laws, including OWI, apply to operating motor vehicles on the frozen surfaces of lakes in the state.

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