Sparta Police arrest man for driving car into La Crosse River

Sparta Police arrest and ticket

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) – Sparta Police arrested Vasily Sharp, 26, of Sparta Friday for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence.

The arrest happened after police responded to a report of a single vehicle crashing into the La Crosse River near Ben Bikin’ Park. Officers found the floating car downstream where they learned the car was empty.

A police K9 helped officers find Sharp and arrested him after he told officers he drove the car into the river. Police also ticketed Sharp for failing to let law enforcement know of the crash and failure to control the vehicle.

The Monroe County 911 Communications Center, Tomah Police Department’s K9 Unit, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol, Sparta Fire Department, Sparta Area Ambulance Service, and Rush Hour Towing all assisted Sparta Police officers during the incident.