Sheriff: Waupun woman hides in grass after hit-and-run

23-year-old arrested on suspicion of OWI early Tuesday

Authorities in Dodge County arrested a woman on suspicion of drunken driving and a hit-and-run after she was found hiding in the grass near her abandoned vehicle by the Town of Trenton, Wis.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department said a resident had reported hearing tires squeal at about 2:45 a.m. Deputies responding said they found a vehicle that appeared to have struck a mailbox and utility pole; however, no driver was found. Responders were concerned the driver or occupants may have been injured, they said.

Authorities used identification from a purse in the car to track down a Waupun woman thought to be the driver, Casey Sweetman, 23. Her family told police she should have been home long ago.

About two hours later, a Waupun officer using a thermal imaging device located Sweetman hiding in tall grass several hundred feet from the crash site. She was not injured, according to the report.

In a news release, Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls expressed frustration about the case. Nehls stated that deputies were tied up and resources were used unnecessarily in searching for someone they thought to be injured but was not.

Sweetman was arrested on suspicion of OWI, a first offense according to the sheriff; hit-and-run; and probation hold.

The sheriff’s department said Sweetman may receive more charges later, though the possible charges were not itemized in the report.