RUSK COUNTY -- Colten Treu, age 21, has been charged in Rusk County Circuit Court with new drug related charges stemming from an incident that occurred on September 30, 2018.

Treu is charged with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine (Party to a Crime), Misdemeanor Possession of THC (Party to a Crime), Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia (Party to a Crime), and Misdemeanor Operate with Restricted Controlled Substance (2nd).

The criminal complaint filed against Treu states that he crashed a company truck on Highway 27 in Rusk County, rolling it on its side, and admitting to investigators that he smoked marijuana prior to the crash, according to Investigators also found drugs inside the truck.

Online circuit court records show that Treu was placed on a cash bail bond in Rusk County Circuit Court on October 2, 2018 and is scheduled to make an initial appearance on his charges next week.

Treu is also charged in Chippewa County Circuit Court with four counts of Class C Felony Homicide by Intoxicated Use of Vehicle (2nd +), four counts of Class D Felony Hit and Run - Involve Death, one count of Class E Felony Hit and Run - Involve Great Bodily Harm, one count of Class H Felony Bail Jumping, and one count of Intentionally Abuse Hazardous Substance. The charges were filed against Treu following the fatal crash that resulted in four deaths; three Girl Scouts and a mother who were part of a highway clean up service group in the Lake Hallie area.

According to a press release from the Lake Hallie Police Department, Treu allegedly told officers that he was huffing (inhaling chemical vapors) prior to the fatal crash. On November 5, 2018 at a hearing in Chippewa County Circuit Court Treu was placed on a $250,000 cash bail bond and he is scheduled to have a review hearing at the end of January 2019.

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.


Last Update: Jan 03, 2019 12:02 pm CST

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