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UPDATE: No charges filed against Manitowoc County deputy following deadly December crash

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FRIDAY 4/24/2020 12:16 p.m.

MANITOWOC COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – No charges will be brought against the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Deputy involved in a December incident that resulted in the death of a man.

According to authorities, Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric M. Roehl was attempting to stop a vehicle traveling on Interstate 43 at a high rate of speed. That vehicle exited onto STH 310 from the interstate and reportedly exceeded speeds of 100 miles an hour as it headed toward Two Rivers.

The vehicle, driven by Forest K. Springstube, then left the roadway and collided with a utility pole.

Law enforcement immediately provided medical aid to Springstube, but he died as a result of neck and internal injuries sustained from the crash.

The Manitowoc County District Attorney’s Office says

“The facts presented demonstrate that Deputy Roehl acted in a manner consistent with the law and
consistent with his training as a law enforcement officer. He was attempting to stop an
automobile that was traveling more than 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. The automobile
continued to pull away from the Deputy. The automobile crashed before the Deputy could
effectuate a traffic stop. Thus, it is the opinion of this office that Deputy Roehl did not commit
any criminal wrongdoing.”

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Deputy and motorist in deadly Manitowoc County officer-involved crash identified

FRIDAY 12/27/19 2:17 p.m.

TWO RIVERS, Wis. (WFRV) – The Wisconsin Department of Justice is releasing the names involved in the December 22 deadly crash in Manitowoc County.

According to the DOJ, Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric M. Roehl was attempting to stop a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle, driven by Forest K. Springstube, left the roadway and was involved in a single-vehicle crash.

Authorities say there were no passengers in the vehicle.

Law enforcement immediately provided medical aid to Springstube, but he died as a result of neck and internal injuries sustained from the crash.

The Division of Criminal Investigation is continuing to review the evidence and determine the facts of the incident and will turn over investigative reports to the Manitowoc County District Attorney when the investigation concludes.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police pursuit ends in single-vehicle crash; DCI investigating

SUNDAY 12/22/19 7:41 a.m.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation says they are investigating an officer-involved death that occurred Sunday morning.

The DOJ says the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office was attempting to stop a speeding vehicle. According to officials, the vehicle left the road and crashed. Police say they provided medical aid, but the subject died of injuries at the scene.

A deputy with the department has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.

DCI says all involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with their investigation.

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