Man arrested after smoking pot in vehicle

Police arrested a 19-year-old Eau Claire man early Monday morning for driving under the influence of marijuana with a minor in the vehicle.

At 12:04 a.m. a Wisconsin State Patrol officer pulled over a vehicle driven by Mitchell J. Nunke after observing it traveling 55 mph in a 40 mph zone along Hastings Way near the intersection with Galloway Street, according to a State Patrol news release. According to the release:

When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed an odor of burned marijuana. Nunke, who the officer identified as the vehhicle’s driver, admitted that he had smoked marijuana.

Besides Nunke, there were two passengers in the vehicle, ages 15 and 17. The officer arrested Nunke and transported him to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, where a blood draw was taken.

Nunke was then taken to the Eau Claire County Jail, where he was booked on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated-first offense with a passenger younger than 16 in the vehicle. Nunke also was charged with marijuana possession and speeding.

Explosion event prompts query

MADISON — Wisconsin regulators are investigating whether a contractor who caused a fatal explosion in a Madison suburb violated state law.

A VC Tech employee ruptured a natural gas line in Sun Prairie in July while installing fiber optic lines, resulting in an explosion that killed firefighter Corey Barr. Court documents allege USIC Locating Services incorrectly marked the line.

Bear Communications initially hired Jet Underground to do the work. VC Tech was set to finish the project. Jet Underground requested USIC mark the line, but court documents allege the locating service incorrectly marked it.

From staff reports, news services

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