License plate left behind at hit-and-run scene IDs driver, police say

Man in other car injured in OWI wreck, police say
License plate left behind at hit-and-run scene IDs driver, police say

A license plate found at a hit-and-run scene helped police arrest the impaired driver involved, according to the report.

Madison police said 23-year-old Ulices Lopez-Guadarrama, of Madison, ran a red light at 2:13 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of West Dayton Street and North Randall Avenue. Lopez-Guadarrama struck a cab that was carrying a passenger. Lopez-Guadarrama fled the scene.

According to the report, Lopez-Guadarrama’s car was heavily damaged and its front bumper, with the license plate, was still at the scene of the collision. An officer ran the license plate number to identify the driver, and a Dane County sheriff’s deputy spotted the vehicle on Campus Drive and University Avenue.

The deputy pulled the car over and arrested Lopez-Guadarrama, police said.

The 55-year-old cab driver suffered a head cut and other injuries, police said. He was treated at a hospital. The passenger wasn’t injured, police said.

Lopez-Guadarrama is tentatively charged with second-offense operating while intoxicated causing injury, hit-and-run involving an injury, violating a red traffic signal and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

The Madison Fire Department also responded to the crash to evaluate the injured cab driver. A significant oil leak was also found, and firefighters applied a product to the leak to soak up the oil. They also swept up other debris from the wreck.

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