A security officer made numerous attempts to get a drunken driver out from behind the wheel, including standing in front of the man's car, before the man was arrested Thursday morning, according to Madison police.
A Madison College security officer told police he approached a car parked in an overflow parking lot off Straubel Street and asked the driver what he was doing there. The officer said he smelled alcohol when the man rolled down the window and noticed a bottle of liquor at the man's feet.
The officer told Michael A. Blood, 50, of Madison, he couldn't leave because he had been drinking. Police said Blood started the car, drove south on Wright Street and ran a red light at East Washington Avenue with the security guard following him in his work vehicle.
Blood pulled into a dead end off Melvin Court, and the security guard said he knew the driver would have to turn around so he stood in front of Blood's car and told him to put it in park. Blood drove slowly forward until his car tapped the officer's knees, according to police.
The officer said Blood returned to East Washington Avenue where he lost him for several minutes before finding him again on Wright Street. Police said Blood pulled into a parking lot in the 2100 block of Wright Street when officers arrived.
Blood was arrested on suspicion of sixth-offense operating while intoxicated. Officers said a breath test showed Blood's blood alcohol content was 0.27.