The discovery of a car, half sunk in a flooded field in rural Fayette County, has resulted in the arrest of 2 young Southwest Wisconsin men.


The Fayette County Sheriff received a call at around 4am Thursday (Sept. 20), reporting a vehicle in the ditch, half submerged in a flooded field, at 60th Street and "C" Avenue, just outside of Arlington. Deputies found the car, but not the occupants.

Two hours later, the sheriff received a call, reporting that a vehicle was stolen in Arlington. Two young men had gone to a rural residence, giving the homeowners a false story. The resident provided them with dry clothes, then driving them to a local store where they were picked up by another person.

Seth Rickman. Photo from Fayette Co. Sheriff

Following an investigation, the sheriff found the suspects, 18 year old Seth Rickman and 22 year old Devin Schultz, both of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, in the dorm room of a University of Iowa Student in Iowa City. Both were on probation, and Rickman was wanted on an arrest warrant for a probation violation.

Devin Schultz. Photo from Fayette Co. Sheriff

They were taken back to the Fayette County jail, where Schultz was charged with Operating A Motor Vehicle without the Owner's Consent, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Maintain Control, no license and no insurance.

Rickman was charged with Aid and Abet to Operating a Motor Vehicle without the Owner's Consent, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia.
Wisconsin authorities are also involved in the investigation.