Madison police: Driver abandons stolen Jeep after escaping officers

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- A stolen Jeep was found abandoned on Madison's West Side after the driver escaped police officers during a traffic stop, said police.

According to Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain, officers tried to stop the stolen Jeep Cherokee on Britta Parkway around 2 p.m. Tuesday. He said the driver reversed into a light pole and sped away.

DeSpain said officers did not chase the Jeep per department policy, but found it abandoned on Wildflower Way, roughly a half-mile away. He said the Jeep was still running, and the passenger door was ajar.