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Report shows what happened in crash that sent an officer to hospital


There are new details about a crash that seriously injured a Wisconsin Rapids police officer.

The officer is in stable condition, and is set to be released from the hospital.

When an officer is called to a crash scene – it's usually to help people they don't know – but that wasn't the case in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday night.

When authorities arrived, they saw a squad car totaled and an officer trapped inside.

According to the police report, Officer Douglas Vanberkel, 23, had to be pulled from the car. He was then airlifted to Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

According to the report, the officer was traveling to assist another officer. That's when he lost control and slammed into a stone wall. Officials say Vanberkel was on his way to help a Nekoosa police officer handle a combative suspect.

According to a report by the Wood County Sheriff's Department, Vanberkel was driving too fast to make a turn.

Newsline 9 reached out to Officer Vanberkel, and he did not want to comment.

The Wood County Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation of the crash. Officials say more information will be released later this week, but didn't want to talk on camera.

Wisconsin Rapids police officials had no comment.


Wood Country authorities say the plan to meet with the police officer soon to discuss what happened.

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