Woman accused of choking tow truck driver

2 face charges in north Madison confrontation
Woman accused of choking tow truck driver

Two people are facing charges after a confrontation early Friday morning involving a car that was to be towed on Madison’s north side, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a tow truck operator was on Brentwood Parkway 1:45 a.m. when he attempted to remove a car from a parking lot on Brentwood Parkway.

The 31-year-old is under contract to remove vehicles without permits, according to the report. As he connected the car to his truck, he said its owner ran out from an apartment, got in, started it up and put the car in reverse. The tow truck operator told the man to stop, as it would likely cause significant damage to the car that was a couple of feet off the ground.

More people arrived at the scene and some started disconnecting straps as the operator connected them, police said. The connection, disconnection activity went on for several minutes.

The tow truck operator yelled for his assistant, who was inside the cab, to call police. Before officers arrived, a woman put the tow truck operator in a choke hold for about 30 seconds while reportedly stating, “I’m going to knock you out.”

Police said the woman let him go as officers showed up. The car’s owner, 28-year-old Anthony T. Bryant, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct. The woman, 29-year-old Jalisa C. Johnson, was arrested on suspicion of battery.

Police said the tow truck driver was not seriously hurt.