Man Goes on the Attack with a Tire Iron After Crash

MUSCODA, WI (Ben Caxton) — A weekend crash in Muscoda led one driver to go on the attack with a tire iron. Grant County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two-vehicle wreck near the intersection of Blue River Road and Old Blue River Road located in Muscoda around 2:30 PM Friday afternoon. While Deputies were en route to the crash, the Grant County Dispatch Center received a second 911 call from the scene. One of the individuals involved in the crash, later identified as 30-year-old Jacob Kienitz of Blue River, WI, was swinging a tire iron at bystanders at the scene. Individuals at the scene were able to defend themselves with a shovel and eventually wrestle Kienitz to the ground where they held him until Law Enforcement arrived. While investigating the accident it was discovered Kienitz was traveling eastbound on Blue River Road in his 2013 Chevy Malibu. At the same time 46-year-old Daisy Hostetler of rural Muscoda was pulling out of a driveway in her 2003 Dodge Durango. Kienitz struck the driver’s side front quarter of Hostetler’s vehicle, sending Hostetler’s vehicle into the ditch on the north side of the roadway. After striking Hostetler’s vehicle Kienitz’s vehicle traveled approximately 300 feet and came to rest in south side the ditch. Both vehicles sustained heavy front end damages. There were no reported injuries by either driver or Hostetler’s passenger. Everyone was wearing seat belts. Just prior to the crash witness estimated Kienitz was traveling eastbound on Blue River Rd at speeds close to 100 mph. Kienitz had passed a tractor traveling eastbound just before the crash occurred. When the driver of the tractor witnessed the crash he tried to render aid, and check Kienitz’s welfare. That was when Kienitz attacked him with a tire iron. Kienitz was transported to Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital via Muscoda EMS where Deputies conducted an OWI investigation. It was discovered Kienitz was under the influence of drugs and arrested for OWI, second offense, Battery, Disorderly Conduct, and Criminal Operating After Revocation. Kienitz fought with Deputies in the ER while they attempted arrest. One Deputy sustained minor injuries during the struggle. Kienitz was eventually overcome and transported to the Grant County Jail where he remains without bond.

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