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Woman hits Tomah police vehicle after smoking marijuana

Kaitlyn Riley

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A Stoddard woman was arrested for her second operating with a controlled substance after hitting a Tomah Police Department patrol vehicle that was transporting an arrested person Monday.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Briena Schultz, 36, made a left turn and failed to yield the right of way from the stop sign at the exit 28 eastbound ramp around 8:20 that night. Her car hit the patrol vehicle that was traveling west on State Hwy 16. The officer in the vehicle was taking an arrested person to the Monroe County Jail.

Schultz did have a passenger in the vehicle, but none were hurt in the accident. During the crash investigation, a Monroe County K9 unit found THC and drug paraphernalia. Schultz admitted to deputies that she smoked marijuana shortly before the crash. In addition to operating with a controlled substance, she was also cited for possession of THC, failure to yield right of way, and inattentive driving.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.