On December 25, 2019, at approximately 5:47 pm, a Mar-Mac Police Officer was conducting traffic control north of Marquette, on State Highway 76, when a passenger car passed the stopped marked police patrol vehicle, with its red and blue lights activated, at a high rate of speed.
Upon activating the patrol vehicle’s radar unit, the southbound passing vehicle’s speed was calculated at 79 miles per hour in a posted 50 miles per hour zone.
The officer immediately pursued the vehicle in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop. As the officer arrived at the intersection of North Street, in Marquette, the officer found the same vehicle had collided head-on with a tree.
The vehicle, occupied by three adults and two children, was severely damaged with air bag deployment. The driver refused to seek medical attention. The passengers, two adults and two children, were transported to Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin with non-life threatening injuries.
The accident is under investigation by the Mar-Mac Police Department. Responding to the scene also included Mar-Mac EMS, Tri-State EMS, McGregor Hook and Ladder, the Monona Police Department, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, and Bud’s Towing.
No additional information will be released at this time.
Robert Millin, Chief of Police
Mar-Mac Police Department