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On Thursday morning, Racine County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident on Highway 20 (Washington Avenue) just east of Britton Road in the Town of Dover. When deputies arrived, they learned that a quad-axle dump truck, which was traveling westbound on Highway 20 crossed the center line into oncoming traffic.

The dump truck drove into the path of a box truck that was eastbound. The operator of the box truck attempted to swerve to avoid the dump truck, but the trucks collided.

While speaking with the operators of the vehicles involved in the crash deputies observed the operator of the dump truck had glassy eyes and they could smell a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. They also noted he was using chewing tobacco as well as chewing gum.

Deputies performed standardized field sobriety tests on the dump truck operator who was subsequently arrested for operating while under the influence of an intoxicant.

The driver of the dump truck was identified as Orrin Earl Brownlee, 60, of Franksville. Brownlee was cited and released to a responsible party.

The suspect was not injured in the crash and the operator of the box truck had minor scratches. Both vehicles involved had disabling damage and were towed from the scene.

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Rex Davenport

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.