Brodhead Police Chief warns of drugged driving after two arrests in one night

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BRODHEAD, Wis. (WMTV) -- The Brodhead Police Department made two arrests for OWI drugged driving Thursday night, with both incidents involving minors in the car.

According to the Brodhead Police Department, the arrests happened in the span of approximately four hours, on the eve of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," holiday traffic safety mobilization campaign. Brodhead Police Chief Chris Hughes stated there is a growing problem of drugged driving in Wisconsin and many other states.

The first arrest occurred around 8:59 p.m. when police stopped a vehicle for speeding. Police noted a strong odor of burnt marijuana from inside the vehicle. The driver, Joel Squire, 32, of Janesville, admitted to smoking marijuana prior to operating his car. Squire's 8-year-old child was in the car.

Squire was booked into the Green County Sheriff’s Jail on the charge of 2nd offense operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a drug, with a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle.

The next arrest occurred around 12:56 a.m. pm Friday when an officer approached a car after suspecting the occupants were violating the City's curfew ordinance. Police detected a smell of burnt marijuana in this arrest as well, and the 16-year-old driver admitted to smoking it as he and his friends were driving around.

Police arrested the driver, the 16-year-old Beloit man, for 1st offense operating while under the influence of a drug, with a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle. Police also cited the driver for possession of drug paraphernalia. The 16 year old and his friends, ages 17, 16, and 14, were released to the driver’s grandparent.