Police: Driver almost hit pedestrians, taxi

Police: Driver almost hit pedestrians, taxi
Cassandra L. Phillips

Thanks to video surveillance, a Madison woman was arrested Monday after nearly running over pedestrians and almost hitting a cab head-on Saturday morning, officials said.

Cassandra L. Phillips, 29, of Madison, was originally able to escape from police Saturday morning around 2:34 a.m. but surveillance videos helped officials track her down two days later, according to a release.

Phillips originally rear-ended another vehicle inside a downtown parking ramp in the 400 block of Francis Street as both drivers waited to exit around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, officials said. She also yelled at the parking attendant about paying the parking fee.

Authorities said Phillips smashed into the arm of a parking gate when she tried to get away from officers who wanted to see her license and proof of insurance.

Phillips sped down North Frances Street, jumped a sidewalk, narrowly missing pedestrians, and started heading down University Avenue the wrong away, according to the release. A cab driver said she just missed hitting his taxi head-on.

Police were able to identify a suspect thanks to the surveillance video, officials said. Phillips was arrested on charges of first degree reckless endangerment, criminal damage to property, resisting/obstructing and disorderly conduct.

Reckless driver video