Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 17-year-old Portage boy after authorities say he crashed the car he was driving into a pole while drinking causing injuries to two passengers.
In a press release Thursday, Sheriff Roger Brandner said at 11:19 p.m. Wednesday, deputies responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection County Highway P and Wakayne Road in the town of Wyocena.
Brandner said a preliminary investigation revealed the 2000 Buick Park Avenue lost control, entered a ditch and struck a utility pole.
Four minors, three males and one female were in the car and Brandner said it is believe all four were drinking alcohol.
One passenger was transported to Divine Savior Hospital and treated for injuries. Another passenger − the only person in the vehicle not wearing a seat belt − was taken to UW Hospital in Madison. Updates on each person’s condition were not immediately available Thursday.
The passengers names were being withheld because they are under 18 years of age, Brandner said.
Brady Alexander, 17, of Portage was arrested for operating while intoxicated and operating without a valid driver’s license causing great bodily harm.
“With High School Prom, graduation parties and other gatherings rapidly approaching, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone not to drink and drive,” Brandner said. “The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing enforcement efforts on underage drinking and impaired driving.”
Brandner said icy road conditions also may have played a role in the crash.
Portage Police Department, Pardeeville Fire Department, Pardeeville EMS, Divine Savior EMS and Blystone Towing assisted sheriff’s deputies on scene.
The crash remains under investigation.