Crawford Releases

By: News Release
Apr 6th, 2018

On March 26, 2018, at approximately 4:29am the Crawford County Communications Center received a report of a one-vehicle traffic crash on State Highway 131 about .3 miles south of Opals Lane in the Village of Bell Center.
Ariel V. Igel, age 20, of Muscoda was operating a 2001 Ford Escort northbound on State Highway 131. Igel stated she swerved to miss several deer crossing the highway. Igel lost control, entered the east side ditch overturning the vehicle. Igel refused medical treatment on scene.
Assisting on scene was the Gays Mills Fire, Ocooch Mountain Rescue, and Fry’s Towing.
Igel was cited for operating while suspended. Other charges are pending further investigation.


On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 7:45 am the Crawford County Sheriff's Office received a report of a rollover accident in Prairie du Chien township, on Limery Rd approximately .1 mile west of Hwy 27.
A westbound 2004 Chevy TrailBlazer owned and operated by Paula Swatek, 43 of Wauzeka, was westbound on Limery Rd when she struck a patch of black ice and her vehicle overturned.
Swatek was not injured and the vehicle had moderate damage.
Assisting at the scene was an Eastman Fireman, Crawford County Highway Department, and Bob's Towing.


On April 2nd, 2018, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit initiated a traffic stop on a 2013 Buick Verano in the township of Freeman, for numerous moving violations. The Deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Danica Kratz, age 31 of Clinton, IA. During the course of contact, the Deputy identified several indicators of drug use. K-9 Breck was utilized for an open free air sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of one or more controlled substances within the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle yielded; several individually packaged baggies of marijuana, plastic “THC” container of marijuana, THC WAX, several THC “Edibles”, (3) large marijuana “bongs” and several glass smoking devices. Two different types of schedule II narcotics were located without prescription bottles and a cut straw with white residue was located with the pills. Several knives and a loaded 9mm pistol were also found during the search.
Kratz was arrested and tentatively charged with possession of schedule II narcotics, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating with restricted controlled substance 1st offense.
Assisting the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office was Crossing Rivers Hospital.

On April 1, 2018, at 6:17am a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck squealed its tires while entering the parking lot of the BP south gas station in the city of Prairie du Chien. The driver of the vehicle put gas into his pickup truck then entered BP south. The driver asked the clerk for a free pack of cigarettes. When the clerk refused to give him a free pack of cigarettes, the male subject said some profanities to the clerk and exited, failing to pay for his gas. The driver squealed the tires on the pickup truck while exiting the parking lot and drove northbound on Marquette Road.
A Prairie du Chien Police Officer and Crawford County Deputy began searching for the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle was located driving northbound on S. Dousman Street near E. Webster Street. The suspect vehicle stopped in the middle of the road and backed up while squealing its tires. The suspect vehicle then drove northbound on S. Dousman Street, directly toward a Crawford County squad car, causing the deputy to take evasive action to avoid a collision. The deputy activated emergency lights and siren to initiate a traffic stop. However, the suspect vehicle would not stop and drove through the stop signs at E. Iowa Street and E. Blackhawk Avenue then northbound on E. Blackhawk Avenue. The Deputy and a Prairie du Chien Police Officer pursued the suspect vehicle northbound on State Highway 27 at a speed rate of 85mph.
During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle swerved completely across the centerline multiple times. While on State Highway 27, south of Radio Lane, the suspect vehicle stopped in the middle of the road, put the vehicle in reverse and backed into the guardrail along the southbound lane of traffic. The Deputy and Officer approached the suspect vehicle, shut the ignition off and took the suspect, Jon J. Rettig, age 61, of McGregor, IA into custody. Rettig made multiple direct threats towards the Deputy and Officer, including shooting them in the head.
The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office is charging Rettig with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (3rd offense), eluding an officer, reckless driving-endanger safety, speeding, failure to keep vehicle under control, operating left of center line, disorderly conduct and threats to law enforcement officers.
The Prairie du Chien Police Department is charging Rettig with theft, disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle, display of play power/speed and multiple citations for failing to stop at stop signs.



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