NEW INFORMATION: Man suspected of 5th offense OWI in Altoona crash

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ALTOONA, Wis. (ALTOONA POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- On Sunday July 20, at approximately 2:31 p.m. the Altoona Police Department responded to a report of a vehicle crash near the 88 mile marker on STH 53. It was reported that a pickup truck was southbound and left the roadway at a high rate of speed traveling down an embankment by a bridge. While searching the area officers found a pickup truck just north of Fairway Drive in Altoona that had driven down the embankment from STH 53. This pickup truck drove over some railroad tracks, knocking down some cables that ended up lying across the tracks. Officers made contact with the driver, Michael Ackerman, 42 of Eau Claire. Ackerman showed signs of intoxication and was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. Ackerman was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated 5th Offense.

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