Madison Police: Intoxicated driver hit hospital van

Posted Tuesday, January 28, 2014 --- 1:02 p.m.

Madison Police say an alleged intoxicated driver hit a Meriter Hospital van Monday afternoon before he took off running. Officers later found him.

The crash happened around 3:09 p.m. at the intersection of John Nolen Dr. and Olin Ave.

Witnesses say the driver of the pickup truck that hit the van was temporarily slumped over the wheel, but he got out and ran before police arrived.

A 58-year-old Madison man was driving the van, and was not seriously injured.

Police were able to chase down the fleeing suspect. They say he had needles and other drug paraphernalia in his pockets.

Officers say the man, 27-year-old Jacob Lasiewicz of Waterloo, smelled of intoxicants. He insisted he had not been in a crash.

Lasiewicz was cited for Operating While Under the Influence - 4th offense, Hit & Run, Operating While Revoked, Improper Display of License Plates, Non-registration of Vehicle, No Auto Insurance and violation of a Red Traffic Signal.

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