Man charged with 5th OWI after hit and run

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On Oct. 26, at 9 p.m., the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a hit and run traffic crash on State Highway 60, east of Brown Hollow Road, in the township of Wauzeka. 

The reporting party advised their vehicle, a 2011 GMC Yukon, was struck by a pickup truck who was attempting to pass them. The reporting party advised the pickup truck continued traveling eastbound on State Highway 60 towar Boscobel. The reporting party followed the suspect vehicle, a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, into the city of Boscobel. This information was communicated to the Boscobel officers who attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. However, the suspect vehicle would not pull over, resulting in a pursuit. Boscobel officers were able to get the vehicle stopped on Nevada Street near Du Bay Street where the suspect, Brian M. Updike, 31, Boscobel, was taken into custody. 

Updike was then turned over to a Crawford County deputy for charges as a result of the hit and run crash. Updike refused to perform standardized field sobriety tests and was subsequently transported to the Boscobel hospital for a blood draw for operating while under the influence. 

Updike was transported to the Crawford County Jail where he was booked for operating while under the influence (fifth offense), hit and run causing property damage and felony bail jumping. Updike was also issued citations for failure to notify police of an accident, following too closely, no insurance and open intoxicants in a motor vehicle. Boscobel Police also issued citations for failure to stop at a stop sign and resisting/fleeing/eluding. 

Updike is currently on bond through Grant County for a pending fifth offense operating while under the influence from an arrest on July 29. There were no injuries sustained in this crash. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.

Assisting on scene were the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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