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Man in Santa suit hits sheriff's SUV, injures deputy

Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience, especially if the accident is serious. Damage to vehicles, destruction of property, and injuries to or the death of those involved in the accident all combine to make Wisconsin car accidents a harrowing experience. One common cause of vehicle accidents that can be prevented is intoxication of a driver.

That is a caution that authorities allege was not taken by a driver on Dec. 22, 2012. The result was an auto accident. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries reported.

The vehicle, driven by a 69-year-old man dressed as Santa Claus, reportedly rear-ended an unmarked Dane County Sheriff's Office vehicle. The SUV was stopped with the emergency lights on. The officer inside was trying to slow traffic due to another crash in the area that involved injuries.

According to the official report, the deputy was sitting in the vehicle when it was struck from behind. Officials say the driver of the second car was apparently on his way from a holiday party at a local American Legion club and had had a few. While no serious injuries were reported as a result of the drunken driving accident, the deputy did sustain minor injuries.

The man was arrested and accused of drunken driving. Authorities note that this was his fourth offense for DUI.

With the holidays just barely out of our rear view mirrors, it's not surprising that we should be seeing reports about accidents such as this one. That no serious injuries occurred is remarkable, given the circumstances. When accidents do occur that cause injury or death, victims and their loved ones should not be shy about exploring their options for recovering compensation for the pain, suffering and damage they have suffered.

Source:, "Driver dressed as Santa accused of hitting deputy's vehicle," The Capital Times, Dec. 23, 2012

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