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Two vehicles fall through ice on Dodge County lakes, 1 driver arrested for OWI-5th offense

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Posted at 1:08 PM, Jan 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-16 18:54:52-05

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to two vehicles breaking through ice on two different Dodge County lakes Sunday evening.

The first incident happened around 5:43 p.m. on Lake Sinissippi near Hustisford.

In this incident, police say a 20-year-old driver and their 18-year-old passenger were "just out driving their car" before they fell through. The two were able to escape from their car and walked to shore. Both were not injured. 

The second incident involved a 55-year-old Fox Lake man whose pick-up truck fell through the ice on Fox Lake.
 
This incident happened around 9 p.m. Police say the man and his dog were out ice fishing before his pickup truck fell through. Both were able to escape and sought help on shore by paramedics.
 
The man was later arrested for OWI 5th offense by a sheriff's deputy and was transported to jail. 
 
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be following up with the operators and requires vehicles which fall through the ice to be removed by the owner within 30 days.
 
Officials remind drivers that certain traffic laws, including OWI, do apply to operating motor vehicles on the frozen surface of lakes in the state.   

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