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UPDATE: 2 arrested after vehicle strikes library

Damage to a stone wall of the Red Wing Public Library is shown Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 31, 2018. A vehicle hit the building the night of Jan. 30. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
A board is shown placed over damage to the Red Wing Public Library Jan. 31, 2018, after a vehicle struck the building the night before. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

Two Wisconsin men were arrested after a truck crashed into the Red Wing Public Library late-Tuesday, Jan. 30, authorities said.

A Red Wing police officer patrolling the area of Main Street and West Avenue around 10:41 p.m. observed a red pickup stalled or stopped on Main Street near the Studebaker parking ramp. A man reportedly ran from the passenger side of the truck and into the parking ramp, according to a Red Wing police news release Jan. 31. Officers pursued the man to the northwest corner of the ramp and located two men.

The men were identified by police as Matthew Teubert, 31, of Cambridge, Wis., and Derek Werner, 44, of Edgerton, Wis.

Werner allegedly told police he was driving the truck, fell asleep and hit a building, the news release states.

A citizen approached officers in the parking ramp and informed them that a vehicle had hit the library near the corner of East Avenue and Third Street. Police responded to the library and noticed substantial damage to a wall and window. Public Works was notified and responded to the library to secure the building.

Werner was arrested on fourth-degree DWI, open container and failure to report damage to property owner, police said. Teubert, identified as the passenger of the truck, was arrested on a warrant out of Wisconsin.

A portion of the children's section was cordoned off so the damage could be assessed and repairs made, according to a library news release. Story times were cancelled for the week.

The library will remain open and normal operations will continue, the news release states.

The Red Wing Police Department was assisted by the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office, Red Wing Public Works Department and Siewert’s Towing.

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Michael Brun

Michael Brun joined RiverTown Multimedia at the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2013, covering county government, health and local events.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program.

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