DRUNK DRIVER CRASHES INTO A DANE COUNTY SQUAD

June 30, 2009
Sgt. Tim Elve Phone: (608) 284-6155 FAX: (608) 284-6043
Sheriff's Office

Madison, WI: On Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at approximately 6:10 p.m. a Dane County Sheriff’s K9 Deputy was struck by an intoxicated driver near the intersection of County Highway N and County Highway B in the Town of Pleasant Springs.

 At the time of the crash the Deputy was traveling north on County Highway N. Erika S. Gartley, age 43, of Oregon, WI, was traveling south on County Highway N when she crossed over the centerline into the Deputy’s lane. The Deputy attempted to take evasive action to avoid a collision but was struck in the rear quarter panel.

 The Deputy was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.  He was treated and released.  The Deputy was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. His K9 partner does not appear to have sustained any injuries at this time.

 Stoughton Police arrested Gartley for Causing Injury by Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of an Intoxicant.

 The sheriff’s squad is considered a total loss. The incident remains under investigation by the Dane County Sheriff Office.