Crawford Accident

By: News Release
Aug 28th, 2019

 On August 23rd, 2019, the Crawford County Sheriff's Office was notified of a vehicle vs camper traffic collision near the intersection of STH 18 and STH 60 in the Town of Bridgeport. Deputies arrived and observed a white 2004 Buick Lesabre with heavy front and rear end damage parked in the grass near a camper on the north side of the road. The camper was occupied at the time of the collision and also had severe damage. There were two occupants of the Buick, and they were identified as Ian Gillitzer, age 37 of Dane County and Derek Barber, age 38 from Waterloo, IA. Neither males claimed injuries. The sole male occupant of the camper appeared to be un-injured. After further investigation, it was determined that the Buick was traveling east on STH 18 when it left the roadway near the intersection with STH 60. The Buick struck a road a sign, then struck the parked camper, spun and came to rest. Ian was determined to be the driver of the vehicle and displayed numerous indicators of narcotics impairment. Ian later failed field sobriety testing and was determined to be under the influence of methamphetamine. The camper was parked in the front yard of a residence at the time of the collision.

Ian was taken into custody on charges of operating with a restricted controlled substance (3rd offense), probation violation, and failure to maintain control of the vehicle. Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff's Office was the Prairie du Chien Police Department and Milo's Towing.