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Woman makes 3 drive-thru purchases using 3 fake $20s, police say

Woman makes 3 drive-thru purchases using 3 fake $20s, police say

A woman went through an east Madison fast-food drive-thru paying with counterfeit bills three times in the same day, according to police. 

The Madison Police Department said a woman used fake $20 bills to purchase inexpensive food items at Wendy's on East Washington Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The woman, driving an older red SUV, made three separate purchases within an hour.

The manager going through the cash from the till found the fake bills and called police, according to the report. The manager said the restaurant's protocol is to ink test large bills, but the three bills that were accepted were not tested.

The woman is described as white, in her 20s to 30s, with long dirty blonde hair and a tattoo on her upper right chest.

Two of the fake $20s had the serial number JE58590236C; the other bill had the number JD95368601C, police said.

Police use tire deflation device to stop suspected impaired driver

Police use tire deflation device to stop suspected impaired driver

Police said officers had to use a tire-deflation device to stop a reportedly impaired driver on the north side of Madison early Saturday.

Madison police said an officer attempted to pull over 27-year-old Chaz Morris, of Madison, on suspicion of speeding as he drove on East Washington Avenue and Reindahl Avenue at 12:37 a.m.

Morris did not stop and fled the officer, according to the report. Another officer was nearby the pursuit and was able to put a tire-deflation device in the roadway that Morris drove over, deflating the vehicles front tires.

Morris pulled over and fled from the car on foot, police said. Officers chased Morris and were able to take him into  custody.

Police said Morris smelled of marijuana and officers found several bags of marijuana on him.

Morris was charged with operating while impaired, possession with intent to deliver, eluding, obstructing and several traffic offenses, according to the report.

Motorist follows suspected drunken hit-and-run driver nearly 4 miles

Motorist follows suspected drunken hit-and-run driver nearly 4 miles

A concerned driver followed a vehicle nearly four miles in Madison after he told police he saw the vehicle strike a car and a van Monday night, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a person driving near the 2300 block of Calypso Road on Madison's north side followed a suspected drunken driver beginning at 8:27 p.m.

According to the report, the uninvolved driver and passenger saw a vehicle rear end an occupied car and a parked van and drive off. The concerned driver followed the vehicle, suspecting the driver was intoxicated, about four miles southeast where the alleged hit-and-run driver pulled into a West Corporate Drive parking lot.

The car was seriously damaged, police said. One tire was gone and the vehicle had been driving on a rim. The driver walked away and the two citizens followed on foot, staying with the suspected drunken driver until police arrived.

Police, East Wash businesses partner to thwart repeat crime

Police, East Wash businesses partner to thwart repeat crime

Madison police said Wednesday the north district station is partnering with East Washington Avenue businesses to work against repeat offenders in the area.

Police said officers have started a list of people who are banned from area businesses on the stretch of avenue from Milwaukee to Marquette streets. The ban list is in response to what Officer Dave Dexheimer called "chronic disorder" that's been prevalent on East Washington for the last several years.

People who are arrested at one of the participating East Washington Avenue businesses for any of a variety of offenses will be placed on the list for a year. That person is not only banned from the business where the offense took place, but all the other businesses participating in the Collective Community Ban Program, police said.

The program was organized to deter repeat offenders, decrease offenses and increase safety, according to the department.

Police: Driver stops traffic to chase pedestrian with wooden board

Police: Driver stops traffic to chase pedestrian with wooden board

A man driving on Stoughton Road Wednesday reportedly left his vehicle to attack a man with a wooden board, according to a Madison police report.

Madison police said a 30-year-old Waunakee man stopped his pickup truck on the Stoughton Road off-ramp to Milwaukee Street at about 12:19 p.m. The driver had spotted a 44-year-old Stoughton man with whom he's had a disagreement.

The Stoughton man was walking near the exit ramp when the Waunakee man got out of his cab, grabbed a piece of lumber from the back of the truck and began chasing the Stoughton man, according to the report.

Police said the Waunakee man struck the Stoughton man in the head and shoulders. The Stoughton man told police he lost consciousness during the assault. Traffic backed up during the incident.

The Waunakee man drove away and had not yet been located Thursday morning, police said.

Official: Madison woman hangs up on 'largest scam we've ever seen'

Official: Madison woman hangs up on 'largest scam we've ever seen'

An east Madison woman saved herself from a scam that federal officials called the largest scam of its kind by hanging up the phone Wednesday.

Madison police said a 75-year-old woman who lives on Spicebush Lane received a call from a person claiming to be "IRS Officer Frank Martin" at 9:28 a.m.

The caller told the woman she owed $4,388 in unpaid taxes, but the woman didn't buy it, police said. She told the caller he could contact her through the mail and hung up. She then reported the call to police.

The federal Internal Revenue Service warned citizens earlier this year to be wary of callers claiming to represent the IRS.

Speeder flees police, crashes in cul-de-sac, police say

Speeder flees police, crashes in cul-de-sac, police say

A man who drove his van at 80 mph on East Washington Avenue and refused to stop for police crashed after turning into a cul-de-sac, according to a release from Madison police.

An officer attempted to stop the van driven by Antonio R. Gentry, 32, late Saturday night, and estimated the van was going about 80 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Police said the van turned from Portage Road onto Village Lane and crashed into a wrought-iron arbor between two homes when the road ended.

Gentry ran and was tackled while trying to climb a 7-foot fence, police said.

Gentry was arrested on suspicion of fleeing an officer, criminal damage to property, resisting an officer and on a probation hold. He was cited on suspicion of operating after revocation, imprudent speed and having no insurance.

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