Naked driver crashes his SUV, then flees police

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Gazette staff
Sunday, November 6, 2011
— A man who fled officers after he crashed his sports utility vehicle Friday night was naked at the time, according to a Rock County Sheriff’s deputy.

David Meier, 50, of 4643 N. River Road, Milton, was reportedly chasing another vehicle south on North River Road in Janesville Township when he crashed his 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe into a northbound car near River Hills Court, just north of Highway 14, said Sgt. Josh Lund of the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.

Meier’s SUV reportedly went into a ditch, hit a tree and rolled before coming to a stop upright in the roadway. The vehicle Meier apparently had been chasing did not stop, Lund said. Meier was apparently alone in his vehicle at the time.

The crash happened shortly before 8:40 p.m. Friday, according to Rock County 911.

When police arrived at the crash, officers saw Meier standing in the road. He was reportedly injured, intoxicated and naked, and fled police, Lund said.

Officers later found Meier a few miles away at a residence at the 4500 block of North River Road, just a few doors from Meier’s own residence.

He had gone to a neighbor’s home, apparently to get help for non-life threatening injuries he’d sustained in the crash, Lund said.

A full police report was not available, but Meier was taken into custody for a host of charges, including operating while intoxicated, operating while intoxicated causing injury, reckless driving, and failure to notify police of a vehicle accident, Lund said.

Officers still were trying to learn why Meier was chasing another vehicle, and why he was naked during the crash.

The driver of the northbound car, Kelby A. Heidenreich, 32, of 1816 Randolph Rd., Janesville, was cited for no insurance.

A passenger, Amber Everson, 31, and Meier were transported to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville, with injuries, according to Janesville Fire Department. Their status was not immediately available.

Last updated: 6:58 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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