Alleged intoxicated driver strikes Middleton police cruisers during unrelated OWI investigation

A Middleton Police Department squad car was hit by an alleged drunk driver.
A Middleton Police Department squad car was hit by an alleged drunk driver.(Middleton Police Department)
Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 12:36 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 22, 2021 at 4:42 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Two Middleton police officers who were investigating a possible OWI early Sunday morning saw their cruisers wrecked when another alleged drunk driver collided with one of them, according to the Madison Police Dept.

According to police, the Middleton officers were working the initial OWI investigation shortly before 2 a.m., near the intersection of N. Gammon Rd. and Fiskdale Circle. Their cruisers’ emergency lights were activated as the vehicles sat on the side of the road.

That’s when the other vehicle, which was heading south at the time, crashed into the first cruiser, pushing it into the second, the report stated. Middleton PD said that the suspect they had arrested earlier was in the back seat of the front squad car, so they were taken to a local hospital to be evaluated for injuries and was released later.

Police say one of the squad cars had significant damage, while the other one only had minimal damage.

The 45-year-old driver, whose name was not released, was arrested and booked into the Dane Co. jail on multiple counts that include operating a motor vehicle with a passenger who is under 16 years old.

The police report indicates that a 10-year-old child had been in the suspect’s vehicle at the time of the crash.

Middleton PD added that this is the third and fourth marked squad cars of theirs that have been damaged by intoxicated drivers in the past year.

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