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UTV: One for the road, but law is fuzzy

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

Posted at 4:45 p.m. on August 25, 2021

The Brillion News

WRIGHTSTOWN - The Village of Wrightstown hasn't yet approved an ordinance allowing for golf cars, ATVs and UTVs to operate legally on village streets.

But that didn't stop a Kaukauna man, who led Wrightstown Police on a chase on Tuesday, August 24.

Police Chief Greg Deike said it began at about 7:44 p.m., when a village officer on patrol saw a utility terrain vehicle headed north on County U, north of State 96, going faster than the posted speed limit.

UTVs are not allowed to be operated in the Village of Wrightstown, so the officer attempted to stop it, but the vehicle sped off and the officer lost sight of it.

Later, the officer found it parked alongside a garage, located the driver and through the course of the investigation arrested the 53-year-old Kaukauna man for Fifth Offense Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated.

UPDATED: The suspect was booked into the Brown County Jail, but the district attorney's office ordered his release. That's because there is a question of which state law applies to operating a UTV while intoxicated. We are looking into the legal questions involved and will report that in our complete story, to be published by the Thursday, September 2, print edition of THE BRILLION NEWS.


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