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Suspected drunken driver urinates near fire truck before being arrested

MOUNT HOPE, Wisconsin (WKOW) — A Mount Hope man was booked into the Grant County Jail after a confrontation with firefighters at an accident scene, where the man urinated near a fire truck before taking off.

He was eventually arrested at his farm nearby after a deputy had to take him to the ground to put handcuffs on.

Robert Bausch, 56, of rural Mount Hope, was arrested for OWI, fifth offense, resisting arrest and was cited for disobeying a traffic officer.

The incident began about 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 when the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible drunken driver trying to drive through the scene of an accident in Little Grant Township.

Members of the Mount Hope Fire Department were doing traffic control along Pleasant Valley Road east of South Ridge Road in Little Grant Township at the scene of a semi slide off.

That’s when Bausch drove up n his GMC pickup truck and attempted to drive through the scene, according to a news release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

A firefighter noticed that Bausch appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants, according to the news release.

After being told not to drive through the scene, Bausch stopped by one of the fire trucks, urinated near the truck, got back into his vehicle and again attempted to drive through the accident scene.

Fire fighters were able to prevent Bausch from driving through the scene and attempted to block his truck so he could not leave, but Bausch was able to get out around them and left just as the deputy was arriving.

Bausch was eventually seen driving through his pasture toward his house.

The arresting deputy located Bausch at his home, 8125 Pleasant Valley Rd. in his pasture near a gate and his pickup truck.

The deputy attempted to speak with Bausch and asked him to perform field sobriety tests.

Bausch said he would, but then made an attempt to get back to his truck.

Fearing that Bausch would get in the truck and try to drive again, the deputy took Bausch into custody.

Bausch resisted, was taken to the ground, and handcuffed.

He was taken to a local hospital for a legal blood draw and then booked into the Grant County Jail.

Dan Plutchak

Social Media and Digital Content Manager, 27 News

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