Madison, Wisconsin (WMTV) – A man was arrested early Saturday morning in Columbia County after stealing a car containing a sleeping woman.
Shortly before 3:30 am on Saturday, an adult woman called the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. She was being driven by a stranger and she didn’t know where she was going.
The woman was stopped at a CTH CS truck stop in Decora Township, Columbia County. She said her family entered the gas station while sleeping in the back seat of her car.
According to the sheriff’s office, when she woke up, the strange man was driving at high speed and refused to release the woman.
Lodi viewers caught the chase on a doorbell camera.
The woman was able to contact police and provide location information, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. County Dispatch received a further call from the vehicle owner at a truck stop, reporting that the vehicle had been stolen and providing tracking location information.
Shortly after 4:00 a.m., the Columbia County Deputy Chief spotted a vehicle heading west on Highway 188 in West Point Township. The driver attempted to evade deputies and officers as the Wisconsin State Patrol pursued the vehicle. A tire deaerator was used successfully, but the driver continued to drive on the vehicle’s rim after losing a tire.
The car veered off the road while driving and hit several objects. After the car got stuck in the parking lot, the lieutenant and the police were able to stop it. Authorities then took the driver into safe custody and ensured the female victim was unharmed.
The suspect has been identified as a 51-year-old man from New York State. The sheriff’s office said the man was believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
The suspect’s vehicle was also at the truck stop where the vehicle was stolen. A search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff’s office.
The suspect was incarcerated in Columbia County Jail on charges of felony evasion, driving without consent, unlawful imprisonment, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving endangering safety, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. .
Extra charges and traffic quotes are expected.
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