One Madison traffic stop leads to 2 OWI arrests

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Two people were arrested during the same traffic stop Thursday morning on allegations they both drove the same vehicle while under the influence.

According to the Madison Police Department, a delivery driver first spotted the 41-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were passed out around 6:00 a.m. as he drove around their vehicle near the International Lane and International Street intersection.

After finishing his delivery, the driver passed the pair again. This time, he called 911, telling authorities he noticed the pair were not moving, but their vehicle was running. About that time, the man, who was in the driver’s seat, woke up and when he started to drive off, he reportedly passed out again, sending the vehicle over the median and into oncoming traffic.

The delivery driver kept tabs on the suspects whose vehicle was now swerving through traffic trying to avoid collisions and updating officers, according to MPD.

After the suspect’s vehicle pulled into a parking lot, the driver told investigators the woman “stumbled out” of the vehicle and into the driver’s seat. Taking over behind the wheel, she is said to have bounced the vehicle off several curbs, before and officer pulled her over.

A sobriety test was administered on each of them and they both failed, according to Madison police. In addition, officers allegedly found evidence of heroin use.

The woman was arrested on a first offence operating while intoxicated count, while the man was booked on a second offense OWI, MPD stated. Neither of their names have been released at this time.