Suspected drunken driver arrested in fatal Sun Prairie crash

Man dies from injuries following crash
Suspected drunken driver arrested in fatal Sun Prairie crash

A 20-year-old Madison man who was seriously injured in a crash early Tuesday morning has died, and authorities have arrested a suspected drunken driver in connection with the crash.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said the crash that happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday on County Highway N, one-tenth of a mile north of Bailey Road in Sun Prairie.

Deputies said Lawren E. Prisk, 43, of Madison, was driving a 2007 Pontiac Roadster and rear-ended a 2009 Volkswagen Beetle.

The driver of the Volkswagen Beetle, a 24-year-old Sun Prairie woman, was transported to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison with non-life-threatening injuries. Her passenger, a 20-year-old man from Madison, was transported to UW Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Prisk was taken to UW Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Sheriff’s officials said alcohol and excessive speed were contributing factors in the crash.


“Drunk driving is an issue the Sheriff’s Office takes very seriously. We have deputies out doing overtime patrols on a regular basis and this is why we do this, to prevent this kind of situation from happening,” said Elise Schaffer, spokeswoman for the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. 

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that the 20-year-old Madison man has been pronounced dead at the hospital. Detectives arrested Prisk on charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and causing injury while operating while intoxicated.

Prisk currently remains hospitalized, but he will be booked into the Dane County Jail upon his release, sheriff’s officials said.

The crash remains under investigation by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and is being handled by a specialized team funded through the critical traffic investigation and prosecution grant.