La Crosse squad car rear ended, OWI charges expected

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The La Crosse Police Department said an officer and police reserve officer stopped to help a stranded driver when their squad car got hit by another driver.

Officers said around 9:30 p.m. Friday, the police officer and police reserve were working on a DOT OWI grant when they stopped to help a stranded driver at 100 Lane Drive, south of Monitor Street facing north.

Officers said emergency lights were activated on the squad car when it was rear ended by an SUV heading north on Lane Dr.

Both the officer and police reserve were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and were released.

The driver of the SUV, 52-year-old Dwayne L. Anderson, was also taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Officers say he's expected to be charged with OWI causing injury.

The driver of the stranded vehicle was not in his vehicle at the time of the crash and was up on a sidewalk area, said officers.

The Wisconsin State Patrol responded and is investigating the crash. La Crosse Fire and Tri-State Ambulance also were on scene.


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