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Wausau 17-year-old arrested for drunken driving


WAUSAU (WAOW) _ Wausau police say a teenager was arrested for drunken driving after he tried to flee the scene of a two-car crash.

Lt. Mark Pankow said the 17-year-old Wausau boy had a blood-alcohol level of 0.21 percent, based on preliminary results of a breathalyzer test taken after he failed field sobriety tests. The legal limit to drive in Wisconsin is 0.08 percent.

"He denied he had been drinking and later on he admitted he had," Pankow said. "He didn't say where."

The crash happened about midnight in northeast Wausau near the intersection of North Third Street and Short Street, Pankow said. There were no serious injuries.

Pankow said the boy tried to run from the scene and fell before being arrested for drunken driving, resisting arrest and operating with a suspended license. Details of why the boy's license was suspended were not immediately available.

Pankow said it was "fairly rare" for somebody as young as 17 to be arrested for drunken driving in Wausau.

According to Pankow, both vehicles were towed from the scene after the crash but no details were immediately available on what caused it.

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