By Brandi Makuski
Portage Co. deputies are searching for a man they believe crashed a motorcycle into a pontoon boat on June 1.
The accident was reported shortly before 7:30 p.m. from Shipyard Bar and Grill, 1135 County Rd. DB, in the Town of Dewey.
A large crowd gathered in the parking lot when deputies arrived, and multiple witnesses described a 35-year-old man, later identified as Trinity J. Klasinski, who fled the scene after the crash.
According to the incident report, Klasinski attempted to perform a burnout with his a 2002 Harley Davidson Sportster, but lost control and crashed into the boat, which was parked on the pavement several yards away. The boat reportedly sustained an estimated $3,000-$5,000 in damages.
Following the crash, witnesses said, Klasinski attempted to pull his motorcycle to an upright position and drive away, but a bystander took the keys from him.
Klasinski suffered unknown injuries from the crash but fled the scene on foot. Deputies noted “a significant amount of blood on and around the motorcycle.”
Deputies and a K-9 unit conducted a search of the area in an attempt to locate Klasinski but were unsuccessful.
“He is wanted for questioning at this time,” said Chief Deputy Dan Kontos.
Klasinski is currently out on a $1,000 cash bond for January gun, battery and disorderly conduct charges. In that case, he is scheduled for a court appearance July 16.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Klasinski should contact the Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office at 715.346.1400.