Hit-and-run suspect found hiding in garage, arrested at gunpoint

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A Janesville man found hiding in a garage was arrested at gunpoint for drunkenly hitting a tree and fleeing the scene, according to a release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.

Rock County sheriff’s deputies were sent to Happy Hollow Park in Rock Township around 1:45 p.m. for reports of a single-vehicle crash, officials said.

Initial reports were that a truck hit a tree and the driver left the scene, officials said.

As deputies headed to the scene, they received a report of a suspicious person in the 900 block of West Sunny Lane, according to the release. Deputies eventually found Curtis J. Ranum, 50, of Janesville, hiding in a garage in the area.

Ranum was arrested at gunpoint, police said. Ranum told deputies he was the driver of the truck, and was injured in the crash.

According to the release, Ranum smelled of alcohol and showed signs of impairment.

Ranum was not able to complete field sobriety tests because of his injuries, but his preliminary breath test indicated his blood alcohol content was 0.08 percent, officials said. Ranum has four prior OWI convictions, so he has a prohibited alcohol concentration of no greater than 0.02 percent.

He was arrested on a tentative fifth-offense operating while intoxicated charge. He was also cited for hit-and-run and failure to wear a seat belt.

He will be back in court May 12.