Nathan S. Kragh, 31, Waupaca, was charged with causing injury while operating under the influence, hit and run after injury, and failure to obey a traffic officer.
Shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, Deputies Josh Krueger and Bill Zeamer responded to a two-vehicle cash reported in front of Clear Water Harbor Bar on County Road QQ in King.
While en route, they were advised that one of the vehicles involved in the crash, a van driven by Kragh, had left the scene and was traveling east on U.S. Highway 10.
Krueger and Zeamer headed east on U.S. 10 from State 22 to intercept the van.
As he approached the Churchill Street exit on U.S. 10, Krueger saw Kragh’s van “swerving hard and fast, back and forth, between lanes and then he went into the median,” according to the criminal complaint. The van’s front passenger wheel was missing, but it continued along the median until it became stuck.
Krueger stopped his squad car directly in front of the van and pulled out his firearm because the van’s engine was still revving, the complaint says.
Wisconsin State Trooper Kendi Linjer, who had arrived from the west, parked her vehicle nearby and approached the van with Zeamer.
Linjer and Zeamer pulled Kragh out of the van when he reportedly refused to exit.
A preliminary breath test indicated Kragh had a 0.205 blood-alcohol level.
Police say Kragh rear-ended a Jeep after it slowed to make a left turn from County QQ into the parking lot of Clear Water Harbor. The Jeep’s driver, Jacob Wilson, was injured in the crash.
Witnesses told investigators that the van seemed to be moving at a high rate of speed.
Kragh was also cited for operating a vehicle without insurance.