Passersby stop accused drunken driver from leaving crash scene, police say

MADISON, Wis. - Passersby stopped an accused drunken driver from leaving the scene of a crash on Madison's north side Wednesday morning. 

The Madison Police Department said witnesses told police a drunken driver nearly hit several cars while careening out of control a couple of times across multiple lanes of traffic on busy Packers Avenue at 11:53 a.m.

The driver's car eventually left the roadway at a high rate of speed and smashed into an apartment building, damaging its brick exterior, according to the report.

Police said passersby went to help the driver and saw that he was trying to reverse his course and leave the scene. They prevented him from leaving as first responders arrived.

An officer said the driver's eyes were watery and bloodshot. His speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol. She asked him if he had been drinking and he replied, "All morning."

David J. Flesch, 49, of Madison, was cited on suspicion of third-offense operating while under the influence, operating without a valid license and operating after suspension of registration.

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