Suspect in custody after car chase leads to rollover crash in Madison

Columbia County Sheriff's Office
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- A rollover crash in Madison stemmed from a vehicle pursuit involving a suspect of an armed robbery on Friday evening.

An employee of Summit Credit Union on the 100 block of Henry Drive in the city of Portage reported they had just been robbed at gunpoint at approximately 6 p.m., according to the Portage Police Department.

The suspect entered the Credit Union dressed in a manner to conceal his identity, showed a firearm and ordered all employees to the floor where he then secured each of them with physical restraints.

The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money in a light colored sedan with dealer license plates, according to the Portage Police Department.

Officers and deputies from both the Portage Police Department and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office were actively attempting to find the suspect.

A Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw the suspect vehicle east bound on Interstate 39. Officers from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol attempted to initiate a traffic stop near the Columbia and Dane County line.

The suspected vehicle fled at speeds more than 100 mph and continued until exiting the interstate onto E. Washington Avenue in Madison, eventually crashing at the intersection off Stoughton Road at Highway 51, according to the Portage Police Department.

Jeffrey J. Parker, age 40 of Madison was driving a Ford Fusion going westbound when he struck a FedEx truck going southbound at the intersection of N. Stoughton Road and E. Washington Avenue at 6:20 p.m., according to the Madison Police Department.

The Madison Police Department was on scene immediately and took Parker into custody. Wisconsin State Patrol and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office were the only departments involved in the pursuit

The FedEx truck was on its side when officials arrived to the scene. The two people involved in the crash did not require medical attention, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

The two right southbound lanes were closed on Highway 151 at Stoughton Road for approximately two hours, according to Wisconsin State Patrol.

Jeffrey J. Parker is currently at the Columbia County Jail awaiting an initial appearance in Columbia County Circuit Court.

The Portage Police Department and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office were assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and the Madison Police Department.

The Madison Police Department is still investigating.