‘Can we just go to jail?’ suspected drunken driver asks police

Beer cans found in man's van, police say
‘Can we just go to jail?’ suspected drunken driver asks police

A man suspected of sixth-offense operating while intoxicated told police he was drunk and asked if they could take him to jail, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said James T. Trottier, 52, of Arkdale, struck several parked cars with his van Monday night. A victim called police at 6:33 p.m. after the van stopped at the intersection of North Sherman Avenue and North Brearly Street.

The front driver’s side wheel of the van was missing and airbags had deployed, according to the release. Police said Trottier was not moving when they arrived, but came to as the officer investigated.

“I’m drunk; can we just go to jail?” Trottier asked police, according to officers.

Officers said there were many full and empty beer cans in the van, and Trottier said he had been drinking at a bar. Police said he didn’t realize he had been involved in a crash.

Trottier was arrested on suspicion of sixth-offense OWI, hit-and-run of an unattended vehicle and for having open intoxicants in a motor vehicle.

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