Pursuit leads to car landing in small pond on north side

Madison man charged with 2nd OWI
Pursuit leads to car landing in small pond on north side

A 32-year-old Madison man is facing his second charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated after he led law enforcement on a pursuit that led to him sending his car airborne on the north side, according to the Dane County Sheriff’s Department.

The pursuit started just before 2 a.m. Thursday near the corner of East Washington Avenue at Fair Oaks Avenue.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, a sheriff’s deputy and a Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper saw a car driven by Smith going fast down East Washington.

The Sheriff’s Department said the deputy and a trooper started to pursue Smith, but he wouldn’t stop. The pursuit lasted for nearly 3 miles until Smith pulled into a parking lot near the intersection of Northport Drive and Sherman Avenue.

That’s when the sheriff’s department said the car Smith was driving flew over an embankment, went airborne, and landed into a small pond.

Smith got out of the vehicle and took off on foot before being taken into custody, according to the sheriff’s department.

Besides the OWI charge, Smith also faces charges of eluding and felony bail jumping.

Sheriff’s officials said no other cars were encountered during the pursuit and no one was injured.