Car crashes into Beaver Dam school

BEAVER DAM -- A domestic incident lead to a car crashing into the Beaver Dam Middle School late Wednesday night.

At 11:15 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of North Center Street for what was later determined to be a domestic dispute. The female complainant reported a verbal argument with a male co-habitant who broke a window and left the scene in a car.

Beaver Dam Police Deputy Chief Scott Bahr said the 22-year-old man was under the influence of alcohol. At 11:37 p.m. police officers located the suspects vehicle and when they attempted to stop it, the driver fled at a high rate of speed eventually traveling southbound on Grove Street. The vehicle left the roadway and struck the north wall of the middle school, near the intersection of West Mackie and Grove streets. The crash caused structural damage to the building and damage to electrical and water utilities. The vehicle itself was on fire for nearly 20 minutes before extinguished.

Beaver Dam Police Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson was observed with his weapon drawn engaging in an apparent high-risk traffic stop with the motorist. The man sustained non-life threatening injuries and was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct, fleeing an officer, operating while under the influence, operating while suspended and operating without insurance.

No other individuals were involved in the crash which is still under investigation.

Assisting the Beaver Dam Police Department were deputies from the Dodge County Sheriff's Office, the Beaver Dam Fire Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Dodge County Emergency Response Team, and Alliant Energy.

The Beaver Dam Unified School District announced that a sixth-grade open house scheduled for tonight has been postponed.

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