Monday, January 16, 2012

For gosh sake get some rest!

Article | January 16, 2012 - 12:51pm | Ashland Current
The driver of a Dodge SUV that crashed into a building in Washburn on Friday likely fell asleep at the wheel, according to Washburn Police Chief Ken Johnson.

No one was injured in the crash, including the SUV's driver, David Renz, of Washburn, according to Johnson.

On Friday afternoon, the SUV hit the building at 136 W. Bayfield St., smashing through the walls on both the north and south sides.

“(Renz) said he believed he fell asleep,” Johnson said. Driving under the influence was not a contributing factor, he said.

Renz was headed south on Bayfield St. when he crossed into the northbound lane before hitting the building, Johnson said.

Johnson said Renz could be cited for inattentive driving, though Johnson said he didn't know whether the investigating officer issued a citation as of Friday.

The building's owner, Bill Rohling, had plans for opening an antique store this spring. Rohling bought the property eight years ago and has been steadily making improvements, such as refinishing the floors and painting the storefront, Rohling said on Friday.

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