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Officer cited in crash


A Wisconsin Rapids police officer involved in a crash has been cited.

According to the Wood County Sheriff's Department, 23-year-old Douglas VanBerkel received a ticked for unreasonable, imprudent speed.

Investigators say he was responding to a call for backup on Saturday, but Vanberkel crashed his squad car into a stone wall.

He was pulled from his car and air-lifted to St. Joseph's Hospital.

"You see this, unfortunately, with a lot of good law enforcement officers. They get into car crashes, and the situation could have been a lot worse. It wasn't. We didn't lose Officer VanBerkel. He will be coming back to work and patrolling the city of Wisconsin Rapids hopefully in a couple of weeks," said Lt. Shawn Becker of the Wood County Sheriff's Department.

VanBerkel has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

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