TOWN OF MONROE (WKOW) -- Officials arrested a Monticello man for his fifth offense of drunken driving Saturday morning.
According to the Green County Sheriff’s Department, deputies stopped Gary J. Wirth, 36, on State Highway 69 at Cold Springs Road at 8:55 a.m. for a traffic violation because he was speeding and the vehicle appeared to have been in an accident. Further investigation into the damage of the vehicle showed that Wirth had been in a hit-and-run crash around 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the Town of Washington at the east intersection of County Highway C and Koller Circle.
Police say Wirth was traveling east on Koller Circle when he lost control of the vehicle, entered the ditch and collided with a warning curve ahead sign. He then also hit a TDS utility junction box, which severed the fiber optic cables. Wirth failed to report the crash and left the scene. No injuries were reported, but the vehicle sustained what officials called ‘moderate damages.’
Deputies arrested Wirth for a felony fifth offense of driving while under the influence and cited him for driving with a cracked windshield. Wirth is being held at the Green County Jail and additional citations are pending.
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