UPDATE: Speed, Alcohol Factors in June 17 Drowning

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

The Everest Metro Police Department says speed and alcohol were factors in a June 17 incident that left a 27-year-old man dead. The body of Matthew Chaignot, 27, was found in his SUV submerged in the Eau Claire River in Schofield.

Witness Nathan Everson told NewsChannel 7 he saw the vehicle in the water that morning and ran to a nearby business to call 911. Everson said he saw deployed airbags inside the vehicle. He tells us he dived in the river and attempted to open the doors, but the doors were locked.
Crews responded to the area around 8:20 a.m.

Skid marks led up to the river bank. As crews worked to tow the vehicle to shore that morning, divers collected broken pieces of the vehicle from the water.

In June, Captain Clay Schulz Chaignot's preliminary cause of death is drowning. Toxicology results show a blood alcohol level of .16. A urinalysis showed an alcohol concentration of .236.


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