New Details: Man accused of killing Girl Scouts has history of crashes

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Chippewa County (WQOW) – News 18 is learning disturbing new information about Colten Treu and his history of crashes in western Wisconsin.

Treu is accused of running into, and killing, three Girl Scouts and a parent on Saturday near Lake Hallie.

More: Treu appears in court, bond set at $250,000

A viewer shared with us that Treu crashed into her garage in August.

According to the police report, Treu crashed into a garage on State Street in Chippewa Falls. Treu told police the brakes went out and quit working. However, officers tested the brakes before moving the car and they appeared to be working just fine.

Records show Treu was not tested for drugs or alcohol use. Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matt Kelm told News 18 Treu showed no signs of impairment and no signs of drug or alcohol use was seen on his person. Kelm said officers were also in his car and didn’t find any sign of drugs, alcohol or inhalants.

Another detail – the crash happened on August 25. That was a Saturday, around 11 a.m. That is about the same time the crash happened this past Saturday. 

News 18 reached out to Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matt Kelm for comment on this newest information. He said the department’s thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and all our community members impacted by these tragic events. He said they will continue to assist Lake Hallie police with whatever they need.

This is the second additional accident News 18 has learned Treu caused in the same number of months. There is also an ongoing case in Rusk County where police say Treu drove into the ditch and rolled his vehicle in September. Prosecutors said Monday drugs were found in the car during the Rusk County incident.

Rusk County Sheriff Jeffrey Wallace told News 18 it is an open investigation and he cannot say anything.

Below is the police report from the Chippewa Falls crash in August:

Kristen Shill

Kristen Shill

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