Drunken driving suspect drove 80 mph on city street, police say

Police followed tire damage residue to suspect's home

Published On: Apr 25 2013 02:04:49 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 24 2013 04:20:30 PM CDT

A man suspected of drunken driving was spotted going 80 mph on East Washington Avenue in Madison before officers were able to damage some tires and track him down at his home, according to police.

Police said they spotted the vehicle driven by Michael F. King, 54, of Madison, speeding down East Washington toward the State Capitol at 1:45 a.m. on Wednesday. An officer said the vehicle was also swerving.

Despite the officer using lights and a siren, King didn't stop -- so another officer used spike strips near the intersection of West Washington Avenue and Regent Street, according to police. Officers said two tires hit the spikes and began smoking and leaving behind a trail of burned residue.

King slowed to 25 mph, but then accelerated to 65 mph and 70 mph on Monroe Street where officers ended their pursuit, according to police.

Police said officers used the residue trail left by the tires to follow King to his home on Sheldon Street.

King was arrested on suspicion of second-offense operating while intoxicated, reckless driving, deviating from a traffic lane, fleeing an officer, violating a red traffic signal and failure to stop for a stop sign.