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Police arrest man found slumped over wheel in traffic

Officers find drug paraphernalia in suspect's car

MADISON, Wis. - Madison police said they arrested a man who was found slumped over the wheel of his car, which was running and stopped in traffic on the city's far east side Saturday afternoon.

Concerned motorists found the driver asleep at the wheel of his car in the 2300 block of East Springs Drive about 1:24 p.m. and called authorities.

Madison Fire Department paramedics were the first at the scene, and first responders could see there was a needle next to the unconscious man, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

First responders were in the process of putting blocks under wheels to keep the car from moving forward when the driver suddenly awoke. He followed commands to put the car in park, and he then got out and started to walk away, police said.

A Madison police officer arrived to find the suspect on the move, with several paramedics following.

The driver saw the officer and began running, but the officer won the foot chase, police said.

Police said the suspect, identified as Jacob W. Lasiewicz, 26, of Waterloo, denied driving and spat on a paramedic.

Police said Lasiewicz was arrested on charges of third offense operating a vehicle while intoxicated, discharging bodily fluid at a public safety worker and resisting/obstructing.

Police said they found an open beer, drug paraphernalia, a recent pawn store receipt and a laptop computer in the suspect's car.

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