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Clear Lake-area crash sends 1 to hospital

Authorities said a 27-year-old east metro man driving under the influence of pot with a 3-year-old passenger was responsible for a three-vehicle crash near Clear Lake.

The man, identified by the Wisconsin State Patrol as Joseph P. Koehler, was hospitalized after the crash, reported at noon Sunday, Sept. 17, at Highway 63 and County Road F in Polk County.

Koehler, who was taken to Amery Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, was the only person injured in the crash, according to troopers.

Troopers determined Koehler failed to yield at a stop sign while heading east on County Road F and pulled out in front of a Cadillac Escalade that struck his Chevy Monte Carlo. Impact from the crash sent the two vehicles careening into a Dodge Caravan that was waiting to turn at the intersection.

The Cadillac was driven by 59-year-old Cumberland resident David G. Ficocello, while the Dodge was driven by 40-year-old Steven S. Sunday of Clear Lake.

Troopers said Koehler was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession, operating under the influence of marijuana with a child in the vehicle, failure to yield right-of-way and driving without a license.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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