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Drunk teen driver hits electric pole near Rhinelander Submitted: 07/31/2015
RHINELANDER - A 16-year-old male crashed into an electric pole just east of Rhinelander this morning.

The crash happened just after 6 a.m. on Lakeshore Drive just off of County Road C near Moen Lake Campground. The Oneida County Sheriff says the teen was drunk and driving without a license.

Kathy Reinke witnessed the accident. She said if the driver hadn't swerved the other way he would have hit her truck.

"I thought he was going to roll over into the lake," said Reinke. "And he came up, and as he came up, he hit that telephone pole at at least 50 miles an hour, and when he did so the car flipped, almost flipped over, came up, spun around and ended up another 30-40 feet down the road."

Reinke said speeding on the road has been a problem for a long time.

"The speeding up and down this road is out of control. It's supposed to be 25 and I don't think anybody does under 40," said Reinke.

The Pine Lake Fire Department helped out. Wisconsin Public Service installed a new pole earlier this afternoon.

The male was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and subsequently released to his parents after his arrest.

Story By: Anthony DaBruzzi

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