Grant Releases

By: News Release
Nov 2nd, 2018

Crash US Highway 151 at County Road O
CFS18-27669 10/28/18 US Highway 151 / County Road O, PLATTEVILLE, WI 53818
On October 28, 2018 at 9:21 PM the Grant County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a report of a one vehicle roll over crash at U.S. Highway 151 and County Road O. During the investigation it was determined that Neisha Lemons, 26, of Dubuque, was traveling north on U.S. Highway 151, with passenger Shaquita Benson, 26, of Dubuque, in a 2009 Nissan Sentra, when a deer ran into the roadway which caused Lemons to swerve to miss the deer. As a results of Lemons swerving to miss the deer caused her to lose control of the vehicle, travel
into the median, and roll the car several times before coming to rest on the driver side of the vehicle in the right hand lane of the southbound lane. Lemons and Benson were both able to get out of the vehicle. The Grant County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Platteville Fire Department, Southwest Health EMS, and Donnie's Tire and Tow, out of Dickeyville.

Semi vs. Guardrail Crash Leads to OWI Arrest
On October 30, 2018 at about 4:32 PM the Grant County Sheriff's Office received a call of a crash involving a semi-truck hitting the guardrail on Hwy 35/61 near Hippy Hollow Rd, Potosi. The investigating deputy learned that James Crum, 51, of Moline, IL was driving a 2018 International semi-tractor pulling a van trailer loaded with dog food. The truck was owned by Morrison Trucking of Alburnett, IA. According to a witness who was in front of the semi-truck, the truck was catching up to her as she was going about 60 MPH. When the truck got to Hippy Hollow Rd, the truck struck the guardrail on the right side of the road and continued to drive through the guardrail for a distance, later found to be, about 535 feet. The semi-truck and trailer were both damaged and debris from the guardrail was strewn across Hwy 35/61 and into the ditch, leaving the highway blocked.
The initial arriving deputy spoke with Crum who said that he "lost traction" as he was driving and then struck the guardrail. Crum later told the investigating deputy that there was another person in the truck who caused the crash although Crum admitted he was the driver. Crum was asked to do Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) which resulted in Crum being arrested for OWI. He was taken to Grant Regional Health Center for further testing and later booked in to the Grant County Jail for OWI, 1st Offense.  The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Potosi Fire Department and the truck was removed from the scene by Kieler Service of Kieler, WI.  The crash remains under investigation.