Wrong-way, drunken driver strikes car head-on, officials say

Two people were injured and one driver is facing drunken-driving charges in connection with a head-on crash in Dodge County Tuesday night.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office said the department received reports at about 7:30 p.m. of a wrong-way driver headed south in the northbound lanes of Highway 16/26 in the town of Clyman area.

Deputies were searching for the car, but about 4 minutes after the reports were phoned in, the wrong-way driver struck a northbound car head-on, just north of Watertown.

The driver of the car driving the wrong way, 55-year-old Mark Harmon of Fennimore, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the sheriff’s office. Harmon was arrested on suspicion of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated causing injury.

According to the report, open containers of alcoholic beverages were seen in the man’s car.

Sam Taubenheim, 29, of Watertown, who was driving the other car was flown from the scene to a trauma center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The northbound lanes were closed on Tuesday night while as officials investigated but reopened at 10:40 p.m. The southbound lanes were briefly closed for the helicopter landing zone.