13-year-old taken into custody after crashing stolen car on Beltline off-ramp

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MADISON, Wis. — Madison police took a juvenile into custody Tuesday morning after they allegedly crashed a stolen car on a Beltline off-ramp before running from the scene.

Police said the crash, which involved one vehicle, happened around 7:30 a.m. on the eastbound Beltline at the off-ramp to John Nolen Drive. Multiple units with the Madison Police Department, including a K-9 unit, responded to search for the 13-year-old driver.

Thanks to tips from witnesses, officers eventually found the teen hiding in a stairwell inside of a nearby building. Police said the stairwell smelled of marijuana when they entered.

The vehicle the teen had been driving was reported stolen on Monday.

Police said their investigation is ongoing.