Twin brothers from Republic arrested on drug charges after fatal car crash in Wisconsin

Mugshots for Corey Knepp, left, and Tyler Knepp. (Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office Photos)
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KOSSUTH TOWNSHIP, Wis. (WLUC) - Twin brothers from Republic have been arrested on drug charges following an early morning crash in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, Saturday.

According to the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 6:14 a.m. November 16, deputies were called out for a report of two men fighting outside a parked 2006 Honda Accord, on the I-43 northbound off-ramp at County Highway K in Kossuth Township.

Before deputies arrived to that location, the men got back into the car and continued northbound on I-43.

At 6:23 a.m., sheriff's deputies and EMS personnel were notified the vehicle had been involved in a rollover crash on I-43, south of Schley Road in Cooperstown Township.

Manotowic Sheriff, Dan Hartwig, said preliminary investigation indicates 33-year-old Corey Knepp, of Republic, was operating the vehicle when it abruptly entered the east ditch and rolled over.

29-year-old Emily LaPointe, of Iron River, Mich., was a passenger in Knepp's vehicle. She was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and was pronounced dead on scene. Manitowoc County Coroner, Curtis Green, indicated blunt force trauma was a contributing factor to her death.

Corey Knepp and his twin brother, Tyler Knepp, also from Republic, were both transported by ambulance to Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay for non-life threatening injuries.

The Knepp brothers were both arrested for possession of drugs as a repeat offender, possession of drug paraphernalia as a repeat offender and disorderly conduct. They had a bail hearing on Monday, Nov. 18, and each remain in the Manitowoc County Jail on $2,500 cash bail, the sheriff's office said.

The initial physical altercation and the cause of the crash are still under investigation by the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Manitowoc County Coroner’s Office.

The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Maribel First Responders, Maribel Fire Department, Mishicot Ambulance, County Rescue, Manitowoc County Highway Department, PK’s Towing, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Manitowoc County Coroner’s Office.