Police officer resigns after being cited for accident

Driver found at fault in crash had joined Saukville force this year
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

A Saukville police officer who was involved in a crash earlier this month that totaled a squad car and sent him and two others to the hospital was found to be at fault for the crash, an Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office investigation has concluded.

According to the investigation, Officer Nicholas Goetz failed to slow down and did not wait for cross traffic to clear before entering the intersection of highways 33 and W and being struck by another car, the report stated.

“Officer Goetz was determined to be at fault,” Sheriff’s Capt. Marshall Hermann said.

Goetz, 26, resigned Monday from the Saukville Police Department, Chief Robert Meyer said. Goetz, who joined the force on Jan. 8, is the son of former Saukville Police Chief Jeff Goetz.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Goetz was responding to a domestic violence call  at about 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, and was heading west on Highway 33 with his lights flashing but not his siren. 

At the intersection of Highway 33 and Highway W, Goetz was traveling west at 40 to 45 mph against a red light when his vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by a 2001 Lexus being driven by a 53-year-old Random Lake man heading north and who had a green light.

“The officer failed to slow down and properly clear the intersection of any cross traffic before proceeding through the red light,” Hermann said in the report.

The police car was knocked into a light pole, knocking it down, and landed in a restaurant parking lot on the intersection’s northwest corner. Village officials said the squad car, a 2018 sport utility vehicle, was totaled.

Officer Christopher Janich, 33, who has been with the department since 2014, was a passenger in the squad car. Both officers and the other driver were transported to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, treated and released.

Goetz was cited for failure to obey a traffic control signal and fined $175, the sheriff’s report stated. The other driver was not cited.

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