Wisconsin cop arrested after fatal accident while off duty

Northwest Wisconsin Police officials said they arrested an officer involved in a fatal crash early Friday, July 15, while off duty.

Senior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander said the sergeant was being held in Douglas County Jail on a possible charge of homicide by impaired use of a vehicle.

A statement from Alexander said Sgt. Greg Swanson has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy. It was not immediately clear whether Swanson had hired an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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The arrest was made following a two-car crash in Superior around 1:15 a.m. The crash resulted in the death of a 23-year-old man, who police say was from Eau Claire. Two of the three other occupants of the victim’s vehicle were taken to hospital. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

The driver of the other vehicle involved was Swanson, the statement said. And, for that reason, the police department asked outside agencies, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, to investigate.

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“This is a sad and tragic incident. We wish to express our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased, and our hopes for a speedy and successful recovery for the other occupants involved,” Alexander said in the communicated.

Douglas County District Attorney Mark Fruehauf said he would have a special prosecutor handle the case because the sergeant has worked closely with his office in the past.

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