A Marathon County sheriff's deputy has been put on paid administrative leave after a drunken driving accident in Kronenwetter last weekend.
Kronenwetter police say off-duty deputy Kent Johnson crashed his car early Saturday. Chief Dan Joling says an officer found Johnson about eight blocks away from the scene and interviewed him about what happened. After speaking with him, Joling says police found probable cause to make an arrest.
Johnson is charged with his first operating while intoxicated charge. But Joling says other citations are likely, including failing to report a crash and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.
The crash caused about $12,000 in damages. Joling says it appears Johnson was driving toward a bar when he crashed. He suffered minor hand injuries when he likely fell into a ditch while walking away. Johnson is due in court next month on the charges.