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Snowmobiler ticketed for OWI after crash


Lake Hallie (Press Release) - On Friday, January 3, 2014 at approximately 7:06 p.m., Lake Hallie officers responded to the intersection of Melby St. at Commercial Blvd. for a report of an SUV versus snowmobile accident. Officers determined that the snowmobile driver was eastbound on the south side shoulder of Melby St. (which is not a snowmobile trail) when he decided to cut across Melby St. near Commercial Blvd. and was struck by a Chevy Avalanche. The snowmobile operator was injured and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No other persons were injured.

The snowmobile operator was identified as John B. Jaskowski, 47, of Altoona. The Lake Hallie officer believed that the snowmobiler was intoxicated so a DNR Conservation Warden was contacted. That Warden issued a citation to the snowmobile operator for operating while intoxicated. The snowmobile operator was also issued a citation by Lake Hallie Police for a snowmobile violation (Adopting WI SS. 350.02—Operation of Snowmobiles on or in the Vicinity of Highways).

This year's snow fall has caused Lake Hallie to experience higher snowmobile traffic than past years. Because Lake Hallie is a village, snowmobile operation on or along any village road is prohibited. The only places in the village that a snowmobile may legally be operated are on private property with permission of the owner, a legal snowmobile trail and along a state highway or county road. Since Business 53 is now owned by the village and no longer a state highway, it is illegal to operate in the ditch line. Lake Hallie does not have an ordinance which allows the riding of snowmobiles to access trails from personal residences or businesses by operating on or next to the roadway, or along village roads. This was not the case when Lake Hallie was the Township of Hallie prior to the incorporation in 2003.

Any operation of ATVs in the village is illegal except on private property or while actively engaged in snow removal with a snow removal device attached to the unit.


Cal D. Smokowicz

Police Chief

Village of Lake Hallie

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