Head-on crash injures two Sunday
JANESVILLE Two people were injured during a head-on crash just before 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Highway 11 and County O, according to a Rock County Sheriff’s Office news release.
David Hendrickson, 51, of Waukesha was extricated from his Chevy Malibu by Janesville Fire Department crews and taken to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, where a hospital spokeswoman listed him in stable condition.
Hendrickson was arrested on charges of injury by operating while intoxicated and fleeing police. Rock County Crisis Intervention also will evaluate him.
Brandon James, 28, of Clinton suffered a shoulder injury and was checked on scene by fire department crews. He did not require hospitalization.
According to the news release, Waukesha County authorities were investigating a report of a suicidal man driving a silver Malibu, and they alerted Rock County.
Meanwhile, Walworth County authorities received reports of the vehicle being driven by Hendricksen recklessly as it traveled through their county. With the help of Hendrickson’s cellphone company, Waukesha County authorities located him in the area of Highway 11/14 at the Rock and Walworth county line and notified Rock County.
Rock County deputies who responded saw the westbound Malibu just west of Emerald Grove and weaving all over the road.
When two Rock County squad cars attempted to stop the Malibu, Hendrickson increased his speed to near 90 mph and swerved into the eastbound lane.
Hendrickson failed to negotiate the curve on Highway 11/14 at County O, causing him to lose control, and his vehicle traveled across the grass median and hit the oncoming Jeep driven by James head-on.