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Another hit and run charge for Minocqua man

April 17, 2020 by Abigail Bostwick

Following an accident scene involving two vehicles in the town of Arbor Vitae, a Minocqua man has been arrested and jailed for operating while intoxicated — at least his second such offense.

Ronald Schisel, 50, is charged with operating while intoxicated causing injury second/subsequent offense and felony hit and run causing injury in Vilas County Circuit Court. 

Vilas County deputies were called to State Highway 47 near South Farming Road on March 13 for an accident where the victim stated she’d been involved in the incident with another truck, which had taken off down a snowmobile trail, according to court reports. 

Medics responded and the female victim was thought to have neck injuries and was taken to Howard Young Medical Center. The deputy located a license plate at the scene from the suspect vehicle. 

Minocqua and Woodruff police departments were consulted for assistance. 

It was found the suspect vehicle had failed to stop for a stop sign and t-boned the victim’s car. The victim was able to speak with an officer at the hospital and explained what happened, noting when her car was hit, it spun 180 degrees and landed her in a snowbank before continuing on its way, court reports indicate. 

A caller informed county dispatch the suspect had returned to his place of work — a tavern and eatery on State Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae. The owner the truck was outside and appeared “emotionally upset” and told law enforcement she had not been driving, later identifying her husband, Schisel as the driver. She added she didn’t think anyone was with him at the time of the accident, reports state. 

When confronted, Schisel — who was observed to have bloodshot and glassy eyes and an odor of intoxicants — told officers he had not been driving and attempted to walk away. The officer informed him he was not allowed to leave, and Schisel became “confrontational” and was arrested, court reports indicate. 

Schisel, who has previous addresses in Woodruff and Lac du Flambeau, is free on a $1,000 cash bond and must maintain absolute sobriety. He has an initial appearance at the end of March. 

Schisel has prior operating while intoxicated charges in Langlade County from 1992 and 1998. 

Abigail Bostwick may be reached at [email protected]

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