By Brandi Makuski
A 32-year-old man is free on a $1,500 cash bond after being arrested on nine criminal charges related to a two-vehicle crash on March 9.
Travis Dominick, of Plover, was taken into custody after he reportedly struck another vehicle on I-39 while driving without his vehicle’s headlights on, then fled the scene.
According to the incident report, three women were traveling southbound on I-39 near Roosevelt Dr. in Plover shortly after midnight, when their vehicle was struck from behind. The three women told Portage Co. deputies they did not see headlights approach them from behind, so unsure of what struck the vehicle, the driver pulled over to investigate.
Shortly after that, the report said, the women said they saw a single headlight, on the east side of I-39, traveling south in a northbound lane, continuing over the County Trunk B overpass then disappear from sight. None of the women were injured.
Deputies determined Dominick was traveling south on I-39 when he struck the woman’s vehicle, then veered left and crossed the median. He then crossed both northbound lanes and entered a ditch, where his vehicle rolled at least once before going through highway fencing, finally coming to a rest in a field east of I-39.
Dominick was able to continue operating the vehicle, traveling back through the highway fencing, the report said, and returning to the highway, where he continued driving south in northbound lanes for approximately 4,000 feet before entering the median. He drove there for an additional mile, and finally re-entered the southbound lanes and stopped for Plover police.
Law enforcement recovered an open can of Milwaukee’s Best Ice beer from inside the vehicle, the report said.
Dominick was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe, but had affixed plates for another vehicle, a 1997 Ford F-150. Deputies later determined the Tahoe’s registration had expired and was uninsured. A check of Dominick’s driver’s license showed his driving privileges had been revoked as the result of two prior OWI offenses.
Charges against Dominick include non-registration of vehicle, open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, operating without a license, hit and run, display of unauthorized registration plate, reckless driving, third offense of operating while intoxicated, and second-degree reckless endangering safety.
As a condition of his bond, Dominick is prohibited from possessing or consuming alcohol, driving without a valid license, and must maintain absolute sobriety. He is also required to report to the Portage Co. Jail’s Day Report Center twice daily.
He returns to court on March 19.