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Driver arrested on fourth OWI

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
January 1, 2012
— Two men are being treated at area hospitals after suffering serious injuries in an early Saturday morning traffic crash in Avon Township.

Justin S. Buchholz, 33, New Franken, was still in the operating room and listed in serious condition Saturday afternoon at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville, according to a hospital spokeswoman.


He was the driver of a pickup truck that hit a tree on Fossum Road, according to a Rock County Sheriff’s Office news release.


Buchholz was arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated, his fourth offense, and causing injury by operating while intoxicated.


When a newspaper delivery person discovered the truck at 4:17 a.m. Saturday, it was unoccupied, heavily damaged and contained a large amount of blood inside and outside, the release said.


Deputies and members of Orfordville Fire and EMS were not able to locate the registered owner or passenger in the immediate area until receiving a call at 7:27 a.m. from a resident on Skinner Road who reported a man in his garage.


When deputies arrived, the man identified himself as Buchholz, the owner of the truck.


He said there had been a passenger with him at the time of the crash.


Buchholz was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital.


Crews from Orfordville, the town of Beloit and the Brodhead Fire Departments plus the town of Turtle, city of Beloit and town of Beloit police assisted in the search for the passenger.


It was later determined that the passenger lived on County K in Newark Township. When deputies made contact with Christopher P. Woods, 36, Beloit, they learned he had multiple broken bones and lacerations.


Woods was taken to Beloit Memorial Hospital before being transferred to University Hospital, Madison, where he was listed in fair condition Saturday afternoon, according to a hospital spokeswoman.


Deputies continue to investigate the crash, which may result in additional charges for Buchholz, according to the release.



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