BURNETT COUNTY -- Law enforcement investigation into crash leads to charges of OWI Causing Injury for 37-year-old Bo Allen Atter of Grantsburg, WI.

On January 29, 2022, a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper responded to a report of a 2-vehicle head-on collision on Highway 70 west of Grantsburg. The Burnett County Sheriff’s Department, the Grantsburg Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services also responded to the site of the crash.

A criminal complaint filed in Burnett County Circuit Court states that Officers on scene observed that the first vehicle, a Toyota Tundra, had sustained significant damage and was missing the driver’s side front tire, wheel, and hub assembly and the driver’s side front door.

An unoccupied vehicle (a Chevy Malibu) was parked on the side of the road in the vicinity of the crash. Evidence from the crash scene showed that the crash occurred in the eastbound lane just east of where the Malibu was parked. There were scuff marks in the roadway showing point of impact was in the eastbound lane, and the missing tire, wheel, and hub assembly were still sitting in the eastbound lane.

Officers spoke with the occupant of the second vehicle involved in the collision, a gray Honda HRV, and that driver advised officers that they had moved their vehicle over to avoid the unoccupied parked vehicle, however, the Toyota Tundra had been “coming right at them”, causing them to move their vehicle back over and ultimately drive onto the shoulder of the road. The driver stated that they were experiencing soreness in their chest and back following the incident.

The driver of the Toyota Tundra, later identified as Bo Allen Atter, of Grantsburg, WI, was found to be semi-conscious. Open beer cans were located inside the Tundra. Atter was transported to the Burnett Medical Center for care. Following the identification of him as Atter, and prior to him being transported for further medical care, a sample of his blood was drawn for evidentiary testing.

Charges including Class H Felony Operating While Intoxicated - 2nd & Subsequent Offense, Class G Felony 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, and Misdemeanor Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated were filed against Atter. He was also cited for operating left of center, and possessing open intoxicants in a motor vehicle.

Online circuit court records show that Atter appeared in Burnett County Circuit Court on March 9, 2022, for an initial appearance hearing and a bail bond hearing regarding the criminal charges filed against him. The Hon. Melissia Mogen ordered a $2,000 Signature Bond for Atter, and he is scheduled to appear again on March 28, 2022, for a preliminary examination hearing.

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Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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