Drunken driver nearly strikes Madison resident taking out trash, police say

A suspected drunken driver is accused Tuesday night of crashing his car after nearly striking a near east resident who was taking out his trash, police said.

Madison police said a 42-year-old man was taking out the trash outside his home in the 1900 block of Winnebago Street at 9:04 p.m., when he was nearly struck by a car that came careening across traffic lanes.

According to the report, the car jumped the curb, went across a front lawn, struck an apartment building’s front porch and rolled over.

Madison fire officials said the red Ford Focus was resting on its passenger side against the building when firefighters and paramedics arrived. Crews removed the front windshield and helped the driver get out of the wrecked car.

Police said the driver, 36-year-old Ryan M. Martinez of Madison, was not seriously injured in the wreck.

According to the report, Martinez’s blood alcohol level was 0.27. The legal limit for drivers in Wisconsin is 0.08.

Martinez was cited on suspicion of drunken driving and an unsafe lane deviation.

Police said the car was significantly damaged. The fire department said Martinez was evaluated at the scene but not taken to the hospital.

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