For the second time in a month, a vehicle ended up in Silver Creek off Oshkosh Street near U.S. Bank.

   This time, alcohol, not weather, appears to be a factor in the crash, according to Ripon Police.

   Two Oshkosh residents were injured in the incident and transferred to Ripon Medical Center; one later was arrested in connection to the incident.

   “This was a example of great teamwork by the emergency first responders to this scene,” Ripon Police Chief Bill Wallner said. “Obviously any time someone chooses to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs they not only put themselves at risk, but the lives of others on the roadway, and of first responders as well.”

   Police became aware of the crash Monday morning at 3:37 a.m., when an officer was flagged down by a passing motorist.

   The driver had witnessed a vehicle leave the road at the corner of Oshkosh and North Union streets and crash into Silver Creek.

   According to Ripon Police, the vehicle had been traveling at a high speed going west on Oshkosh Street. It failed to make the turn in the road and instead hit the snowbank and went airborne before landing in the creek.

   The 33-year-old driver and 41-year-old passenger of the car were still in the vehicle when Ripon Police and Ripon Area Fire District personnel arrived. One representative of each entered the creek and got the Oshkosh residents out of the car, while other emergency responders including Ripon Guardian Ambulance assisted.

   The names of the individuals involved in the crash have not yet been released.

   The driver has been arrested for the charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant or drug, as well as imprudent speed, and failure to maintain control of vehicle.

   “This case shows the great work done by our officers, and other first responders to assist at this accident scene of a driver who made some very poor choices this morning,” Wallner said. “Thankfully no other innocent persons were injured or killed, including the first responders that had to respond to a potentially dangerous scene.”

For more about this incident, see the Feb. 20, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.