2/28/12 – A Dodge County Sheriffs Deputy had to smash a window to gain access to a car that was parked in the middle of the road. It happened just after 11pm last Friday in the Town of Elba. Sheriff Todd Nehls says a citizen reported a truck parked in the middle of the road with the driver slumped to his side in the driver’s seat. The vehicle was running, lights on, but the doors were locked. Deputies attempted to awaken the driver by banging on the windows and rocking the truck, with no success. Suspecting a serious medical condition, EMS was summoned and deputies broke the passenger side window in an attempt to render aide. After gaining access authorities were able to awaken the Columbus man and then arrest him on charges of OWI and having open intoxicants in the vehicle. Nehls says these drunken driving arrests are not just
taking place at bar closing time but are a concern for motorists around the clock. While this incident took place before midnight, the sheriff says in the past couple weeks several OWI arrests have been made before the sun has even set.