Investigation continues into car crash that injured officers

Authorities still trying to piece together details of accident in which police vehicle was struck
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

Two Saukville police officers were injured and transported to a local hospital Saturday after their squad car was struck by a car driven by a 53-year-old Random Lake man.

The crash occurred just before 6 p.m. at the intersection of highways 33 and W. The officers were traveling west on Highway 33 responding to a domestic violence call, according to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the incident.

On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office identified the two officers as Nicholas Goetz, 26, who was driving, and Christopher Janich, 33, who was a passenger in the squad car.

Goetz joined the department one month ago. Janich has been with the Saukville department since 2014.

The other car was a 2001 Lexus RX 300 driven by Daniel Guckenberger.

All three men were transported to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton with non-life threatening injuries, treated and released that night, the Sheriff’s Office said.

According to eyewitnesses on social media, the Guckenberger vehicle had a green light and hit the police car “full speed,” apparently unaware of the oncoming squad car, whose sirens and lights were on before entering the intersection.

The police car was thrown into a light pole, ending up in a restaurant parking lot on the northwest corner of the intersection.

The cause of the accident and the case remains open, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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