Driver fleeing troopers hits bus on Highway 30 Monday afternoon, police say

Highway 30 Situation 112921
Courtesy: WisDOT

MADISON, Wis. — A driver fleeing state troopers through two counties hit a bus on Highway 30 near North Thompson Drive Monday afternoon, Madison police said.

The pursuit began following a traffic stop on Interstate 94 in eastern Jefferson County, the Wisconsin State Patrol said. After giving false names, the driver and passenger sped off and a trooper followed.

The state patrol said the pursuit was called off for safety reasons before the vehicle left Jefferson County. Another trooper later saw the vehicle as it came into Dane County and again began to pursue. The pursuit was again called off for safety reasons as it approached the Badger Interchange on Madison’s east side.

A short time later, the driver hit the bus, which had two adults on it at the time. Neither person was hurt, according to an incident report from the Madison Police Department.

The crash stopped the fleeing vehicle in the median, leading the driver and a passenger to run away from the scene. Law enforcement officials detained the driver nearby in the 4900 block of Commercial Avenue but did not find the passenger.

The driver will likely face charges of eluding law enforcement and reckless driving, the state patrol said.