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Off-duty Dunn County deputy cited for OWI

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  —  An off-duty Dunn County sheriff’s deputy has been cited for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) first offense.

According to a spokesperson for the Menomonie Police Department, the deputy was 49-year-old Russell L. Waddell.

On Friday, April 3, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a disturbance south of Menomonie, and Dunn County deputies were dispatched to that location, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.

Deputies arrived at a residence in the Town of Menomonie and began obtaining information from the people who were involved in the incident or who were witnesses.

During the investigation, deputies received information that an off duty sheriff’s deputy had been involved in the disturbance.

A supervisor with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department requested that an outside agency — the Menomonie Police Department — conduct the investigation, according to the news release.

The off-duty deputy was arrested for OWI and booked into the Dunn County jail.

The Menomonie Police Department has conducted an investigation into possible criminal charges against Waddell, and the reports will be forwarded to the Dunn County district attorney for review.

The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department is conducting an internal investigation.

According to on-line court records, Waddell is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court on May 12 before Judge James Peterson.

Court records indicate that Waddell has a Menomonie address and that the bond amount was $817.50.

The Dunn County case number is listed as a traffic violation.