Plain man arrested following Sauk Co. hit-and-run that left bicyclist dead

Sheriff's office asking for public's help with suspect's whereabouts in hours leading to crash

SAUK CITY, Wis. — A 62-year-old Plain man was arrested Wednesday following a deadly hit-and-run west of Sauk City earlier this week, the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies arrested Patrick Nachreiner two days after the crash near County Highway B and Cassell Road in the town of Troy Monday night seriously injured a bicyclist. The victim later died from their injuries.

In a news release, the sheriff’s office said it received a call Wednesday afternoon from a lawyer who said a client believed they hit a deer while driving in the area of State Highway 60 and County Highway B in the area of the crash on Monday. The lawyer gave the sheriff’s office the client’s name and location but did not provide more details about the crash.

Deputies served a search warrant and found the vehicle believed to be involved in the crash. The release said the vehicle appeared to have suffered damage consistent with hitting a person and bicycle rather than a deer.

At that time, deputies arrested the man, who they identified as Nachreiner, and took him to the Sauk County Jail. The vehicle, a full-sized white van with Nachreiner Plumbing and Heating decals, was secured for additional examination, the sheriff’s office said.

Some details about the crash remain unclear. The sheriff’s office said dispatchers received a call around 10:30 p.m. to report the bicyclist had left home around three hours prior and had not returned home.

A deputy found the bicyclist still alive but seriously injured. That deputy performed life-saving measures but the victim died from their injuries.

The victim’s name has not been released.

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The sheriff’s office said it believes the cyclist was heading west on Highway B when they were hit from behind by a vehicle sometime between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The crash severely damaged the bike and pushed both it and the cyclist into a ditch.

Officials released photos of Nachreiner’s van and are asking anyone who saw him or the van between the early afternoon hours and 8:30 p.m. Monday to call Sauk County Crime Stoppers at 888-TIP-SAUK (888-847-7285).

Despite a policy to not name most people accused of crimes until they’re formally charged in court, News 3 Now is naming the suspect in this story because the sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help piecing together Nachreiner’s whereabouts in the hours leading up to the crash. Click here to learn more about the station’s naming policy.

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