State v. Quartana

In State v. Quartana, 213 Wis. 2d 440, 445, 570 N.W.2d 618 (Ct. App. 1997), the defendant lost control of his car and drove into a ditch. Quartana left the scene of the accident and walked to his parent's house, approximately one mile away. The officer who came upon the scene was dispatched to Quartana's home. Once there, the officer noticed that Quartana had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. The officer transported Quartana back to the scene of the accident for further investigation. The officer refused Quartana's request that his parents drive him to the scene. Once at the scene, Quartana performed and failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. The Court held that "vicinity" means "surrounding area or district" or "locality." Quartana, 213 Wis. 2d at 446-47. The Court further held that moving the defendant one mile was "within the vicinity." Id.