Suspected drunken driver fleeing police strikes another car, Madison police say

Suspected drunken driver fleeing police strikes another car, Madison police say

A suspected drunken driver fleeing from police struck a car on Madison’s west side Wednesday night, police said.

The Madison Police Department said police attempted to pull over 29-year-old Jonathon L. Thompson, of Madison, in the 4600 block of Verona Road at 6:41 p.m. Thompson was wanted on a felony warrant, police said.

Thompson didn’t stop and instead sped off, according to the report. Police didn’t chase him as officers did not want to put anyone at risk.

A witness told police Thompson didn’t stop at a stop sign on Mohawk Drive and smashed his car into a vehicle driven by a 30-year-old Madison woman as she was headed north on Seminole Highway. The crash site was about a mile northeast of where Thompson reportedly fled from police.

The woman suffered bumps and bruises, police said. Thompson took off on foot, running toward the West Beltline Highway, according to police.

Officers spotted him on a pedestrian bridge over the busy thoroughfare and took him into custody, according to the report.

Thompson faces charges including third-offense operating while intoxicated, fleeing an officer, operating while revoked, resisting or obstructing police, open intoxicants in vehicle, hit-and-run, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to install a required ignition interlock device and was arrested on a felony warrant.

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