Ontario Police Chief in Hot Water over Cashton Crash

VERNON COUNTY, WI (Ben Caxton) — The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office has filed misconduct and obstruction charges against officers with the village of Ontario Police Department. The charges stem from a September 28 accident in which Ontario Police Department Officer Grover Wooten drove off the road and hit a no-parking sign near the intersection of State Highway 33 and Johnson Street while driving home around 4:30 AM after working at La Crosse’s Oktoberfest celebration. Wooten had fallen asleep but Ontario Police Chief David Rynes told Wooten to lie to deputies and claim he had swerved to miss a dog. Investigators, however, found that tire marks on the road indicated Wooten had not swerved and asked for video from the squad car at which point deputies say Wooten fessed up and told deputies he’d fallen asleep and had been told to lie about the cause by the Chief.

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