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Grafton police officer cited with OWI, placed on administrative leave

Posted at 8:02 PM, Oct 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 21:02:19-04

GRAFTON — An off-duty Grafton Police Department officer was cited for an OWI and placed on paid administrative leave after crashing his car on Sept. 19, the department said Friday.

An internal investigation has since been launched into the incident.

Grafton police officers were dispatched for a single-vehicle crash at Balsam Court and Walnut Court in the Village of Grafton.

There, they found off-duty officer Tylor Taubenheim and his crashed vehicle.

Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office deputies were then dispatched to the scene, as the police department says it wanted to avoid a conflict of interest.

Deputies determined Taubenheim was intoxicated, and arrested him for an OWI. He was then cited for an OWI and Inattentive Driving. Results from a blood test have yet to come back, the department says.

Taubenheim has since been placed on paid administrative leave, and will remain so pending the results of an internal investigation.

Washington County District Attorney's Office has been assigned as a special prosecutor, to remove any potential conflict of interest, GPD says.

Taubenheim worked for the police department for a little over a year.

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