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Alcohol suspected in 2-vehicle Pierce County crash

An Ellsworth woman was arrested Saturday after a suspected alcohol-related crash that sent her and two others to the hospital.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said Tara A. Bauer, 37, was arrested on suspicion of OWI after the crash, reported at 9:15 p.m. on Highway 63 at 690th Avenue in the town of Martell.

The crash left the driver of a second vehicle, 65-year-old Donald W. Simonson, with serious injuries. The Eau Claire resident was transported to Regions Hospital, where a spokeswoman said he was listed in good condition Monday.

Simonson’s passenger, Debra B. Simonson, 63, Eau Claire, sustained minor injuries in the crash and was also taken to Regions, where she was treated and released.

Bauer also sustained minor injuries and was taken to River Falls Area Hospital before being arrested.

According to deputies, Bauer’s 2017 Ford Escape was eastbound on 690th Avenue when it went through a stop sign and struck the northbound Simonson vehicle, a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500.

Police, firefighters and ambulance service members from Ellsworth, along with Baldwin-area ambulance crews, assisted deputies at the crash, which remains under investigation.

The crash was preceded Saturday by an 11:19 a.m. wreck on County Road CC near County Road S in Maiden Rock.

In that incident, a southbound motorcycle driven by Michael Przybylski, 60, Deerwood, Minn., crashed and overturned. He was taken by Maiden Rock ambulance to River Falls Area Hospital. A passenger, identified as Suzanne Przybylski, 60, was not injured.

That crash also remains under investigation.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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