UPDATE: Motorcyclist Facing OWI Charges

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Mon 9:57 AM, Jul 22, 2013

A motorcyclist is facing drunk driving charges after he's accused of causing a crash Sunday evening in Portage County.

According to a news release from the Portage County Sheriff's Department, the crash happened on County Highway W east of Taft Avenue near Bancroft, around 7:40 p.m.

Investigators says the cyclist failed to negotiate curve and drove into the ditch. The motorcycle overturned and the cyclist was thrown from the bike.

Originally, the operator indicated there was a female passenger with him, but after a search conducted by Bancroft First Responders, Bancroft Fire Department, Spirit Air and a concerned citizen who entered the pond, it was determined that the female was not in the area.

Investigators believe the cyclist provided the false information to draw attention away from himself and his intoxication.

ORIGINAL STORY: Sun 8:04 PM, Jul 21, 2013

Crews have been dispatched to what appears to be a motorcycle accident in Portage County off County Highway W near Bancroft.

The accident happened around 7:40 p.m. Reports suggest that two ambulances are on scene looking for the driver of the motorcycle in a swamp area.

It's unclear at this time how many people are involved or how many vehicles.

The Portage County dispatch center requested a boat with the call.

We'll have more on this story as it becomes available.

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