Man crashes vehicle on a Wisconsin campground and attempts to steal a golf cart, arrested for Operating While Intoxicated

CALEDONIA, Wis. (WFRV) – Authorities say one man was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated on Sunday after allegedly driving through a Wisconsin campground before crashing and attempting to steal a golf cart.

According to a release from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a driving complaint at 11:48 a.m. about a gold SUV driving all over the road and in the wrong lane heading west on Highway 33 in the Township of Caledonia.

Officials say the SUV turned onto County Highway W. Shortly after this update, deputies say someone had returned to their home and saw the gold SUV in their driveway with a man going through other vehicles in the driveway.

After being confronted, the man reportedly fled the scene in the SUV and went into the Sky High Campground where he proceeded to drive erratically throughout the campground.

Officials say the SUV continued to go throughout the campground at high rates of speed and even went air-born at one point before driving through a basketball and volleyball court before eventually crashing.

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The man then proceeded to attempt to steal a golf cart which is when deputies arrived on the scene and were able to put the man in custody without any further incident.

Authorities say they learned that the man had stolen the gold SUV as well as property from multiple residences and appeared to be impaired which was confirmed by conducting standardized field sobriety tests.

38-year-old Zachery C. Jefferson from Baraboo was then arrested and taken to the Columbia County Jail where he is being held on the following potential charges:

  • Operate While Intoxicated
  • 2nd Degree Reckless Endangering Safety
  • Operate A Motor Vehicle without Owner’s Consent
  • Theft
  • Attempted Theft – 2 Counts
  • Violation of Probation

At this time, no other information is available and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says it is thankful for the civilians who reported the man’s behavior and are thankful no one was hurt.

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