TOWN OF TRENTON – Authorities arrested a Waupun woman early Tuesday morning for first offense drunken driving after she ran into a utility pole, then fled the scene on foot to hide in some tall grass.

At 2:44 a.m. on Tuesday, Dodge County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a resident claiming to have heard squealing tires and a crash.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s department, deputies arrived within eight minutes to find that a vehicle had struck a mailbox and a utility pole. However, the driver was not in or around the vehicle.

Deputies found a purse inside the vehicle that helped them identify the woman who might have been the driver. Fearing for her safety, they started a search for her that included sending deputies to check her home.

Those deputies spoke to her family, who said that she should have been home long before that and would have no reason to be in the area where the crash occurred.

After an unsuccessful search, deputies called in Waupun Police Department to search for her with a thermal imaging device. The Waupun officer responded at 3:57 a.m. and, at 4:40 a.m., Casey Sweetman, 23, was located hiding in an area of tall grass several hundred feet from the crash. She was uninjured.

Sweetman was arrested for first offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, hit and run and a probation hold. The release said other charges are likely.

“These cases are very concerning as we exhausted hundreds of dollars of resources and tied up deputies looking for someone we thought may be in need of medical assistance, only to find out she was watching us waste the resources all along,”  said Sheriff Todd Nehls.

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