SUV crashes into tree, traffic sign; Driver faces 5th OWI

SUV crashes into tree, traffic sign; Driver faces 5th OWI
Rock County Sheriff's Office
Matthew Roidt

A Madison man faced his fifth drunken driving charge Monday night after crashing into a tree and a traffic sign and then leaving the scene, Rock County officials said.

Deputies from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office responded around 7:45 p.m. to reports of a hit-and-run crash on South Coon Island Road north of West Highway 11, according to a release.

When deputies arrived, they found a blue SUV against a tree, but no one was in the area and there were no signs of any injuries, officials said.

Investigators said the blue SUV was going north on South Coon Island Road when it failed to negotiate a curve and hit a traffic sign and a tree. The vehicle was removed and the traffic sign was replaced.

Deputies later found 50-year-old Matthew Roidt, of Madison, in Footville, about two miles east of the crash scene, according to the release. Roidt had suffered minor injuries from the crash and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Janesville.

Deputies found signs of impairment, and Roidt was arrested on a tentative charge of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated. He was also cited for failing to report an accident and hit-and-run to property adjacent to a highway.