On 05/20/2016 the Richland County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint of a one vehicle crash with injuries at the intersection of CTH A/Coulter Hill Rd in Richland County.
Upon arriving on scene deputies were advised that passenger George Schmidt had injuries from the crash and was transported by Viola EMS to Vernon Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Deputies made contact with operator of the vehicle Leland Mellum and notice a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his breath. When a check was done on Mellum’s driver status it showed that he was revoked due to an OWI related offense. Mellum was asked to perform standardized field sobriety test by deputy and showed signs of impairment. Mellum was arrested for OWI 5th offense with injury, which is a felony in the state of Wisconsin and operating while revoked.
WHEN: 04-02-2016 TIME of Incident: 1:59am
- Leland L. Mellum 11/11/1956, Richland Center, WI
George J. Schmidt 11/19/1951 Soldiers Grove, WI
WHERE Incident Happened: CTH A @ Coulter Hill Rd
ARREST or CHARGES: Operating while under the influence 5th offense with injury (felony), operating while revoked.
Agencies Involved: Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Viola EMS, Richland Center Fire Department, and Boaz First Responders
Richland County Sheriff’s Department