Grant County Traffic Crash Leads To OWI Arrest

On 02/03/2023 at approximately 01:58 AM, Grant County Deputy’s responded to the area of 7112 Highway 81 in the Township of Platteville for a report of a one vehicle traffic crash. It was reported that a vehicle was tipped over and no one was observed inside. The initial reporter told dispatch that it appeared as though foot prints went into a nearby cornfield.

Deputies arrived on scene at 02:13 AM and located a white, 2001 Ford Focus registered to Hunter Ide age 23 of Franklin, Wisconsin on its side along the shoulder of the west bound lane of travel along Highway 81. Deputies did not initially locate anyone on scene, however footprints were observed going into a nearby picked corn field. Bennett’s Automotive was requested for Ide’s vehicle. Shortly after Ide’s vehicle had been removed from the scene a tow truck driver with Bennett’s Towing called in to report that a male subject was by the guardrail near the furniture store.

Deputies arrived on scene and located Hunter Ide in the passenger seat of another vehicle that had stopped. Ide flagged down the vehicle and asked for a ride to Platteville. When Deputies made contact with Ide they observed him to have been covered in snow and exhibiting signs of impairment. Ide was placed into the back seat of a squad car due to the weather conditions and the amount of time that he had been in the elements. EMS was requested by Deputies while on scene. Ide was later taken into custody for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense and was transported by EMS to Southwest Health. Ide was treated and later released to a responsible party.