Deputy rescues driver from burning car

The Brillion News

BELLEVUE – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy saved a suspect drunk driver by pulling the man from a burning car early Wednesday morning (May 27).

According to Capt. Daniel Sandberg, just before 2 a.m., several deputies responded to Bellevue Street at Manderly Way for a vehicle on fire in the ditch with a male party still in the vehicle.

A witness at the scene observed the man, still inside, trying to get the vehicle from the ditch while it was on fire.

Deputy Zach Roush was the first officer on scene. He ran to the burning vehicle, opened the door and found the man motionless inside the vehicle.

The driver was dazed and would not cooperate with the deputy and refused to get out. Roush eventually grabbed the man by the belt and pulled the man from the vehicle, saving his life.

The fire and smoke was dangerous enough that Roush almost abandoned the rescue attempt for his own safety. High winds caused the flames and smoke to move in dangerous and unpredictable ways making it dangerous to even approach the vehicle.

“There is no doubt that without Deputy Roush’s quick action, this accident would have been a fatality,” Sandberg said.

The incident was captured on Deputy Roush’s dash cam and can be viewed on the Brown County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page: .

The male, suspected of third offense drunk driving was transported by ambulance to the Aurora BayCare Medical Center, treated, and then booked into the Brown County Jail.