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Tara Appleton

The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a woman in the death of Preston Decorah. Information from the initial investigation suggest he was riding on top of a moving vehicle when he fell off and left on the road for an hour, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Tara Appleton, 31, was arrested Monday for causing death by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and reckless homicide.

Decorah, 27 of Webster was found lying in a driveway in Hertel March 30 around 9:15 a.m. A 911 call was made and the caller was unable to wake Decorah, Sheriff Tracy Finch said in a statement Wednesday morning.

“North Ambulance and St. Croix Hertel First Responders arrived and transported Mr. Decorah to Spooner Hospital,” Finch said. “From there, Decorah was airlifted to Regions Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”

Two hours late Appleton was arrested.

Initial investigation revealed Decorah had fallen onto the road while riding on top of a moving vehicle.

“Mr. Decorah was left on the roadway for approximately an hour and then moved to the reporting party’s driveway where he was ultimately found, hours later, and transported to the hospital,” Finch said.

Initial autopsy results revealed Decorah died from head injuries consistent with a fall from a moving vehicle.

Burnett County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the St. Croix Tribal Police, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Burnett County Medical Examiner’s Office in the investigation.

Finch added that the case is still under investigation.