Accident and OWI Arrest

On Monday, April 18, 2022, at 7:21 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from an area near 5443 380th Street near Cylinder, IA. After investigation into the call, it was determined a 2018 Chevrolet K2500 pickup registered to and operated by Lee Alan Wegener (28) of Fenton, IA. was east bound in the 5400-block of 380th Street when Wegener lost control and struck the north bridge guard rail. Wegener’s vehicle would come to rest in the north ditch on the driver’s side. Wegener was charged with operating while intoxicated 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor, failure to maintain control, a simple misdemeanor, and use of electronic communication device – age 18 or above, a simple misdemeanor.

The 2018 Chevrolet pickup is considered a total loss. Damage to the bridge owned by Palo Alto County is estimated at $10,000. No injuries were reported at the scene.

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