MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Monona police were involved in multiple car chases early Tuesday morning, during which one officer was nearly hit by an SUV.
Ana Brindley and Martinique Walker
The Monona Police Department said they responded to Walmart on Royal Avenue in Monona for a report of two possible stolen vehicles in the underground parking lot just before 2 a.m. The vehicles were described as a black Ford SUV and a smaller blue Toyota SUV.
When officers arrived, they attempted to stop the black SUV as it was leaving the parking lot. That SUV then drove towards the officers.
Monona officers and the Dane County Sheriff's Department pursued the vehicle through Monona, and Madison. The SUV hit spike stripes, then the suspects were picked up in a different car. Officers chased that car and ended the chase in a Fitchburg neighborhood on Green Crest Court.
Can you imagine waking up to police on your yard with guns drawn at 3 a.m.? That was the reality for people in a Fitchburg neighborhood this morning. Story tonight at 5 on @nbc15_madison pic.twitter.com/cF4yoGWC6T— Morgan Wolfe (@Morgan_Wolfe_) June 18, 2019
"It is just bizarre. It isn't what you expect to wake up to at 3 a.m.," Dane Johnson, a neighbor that witnessed the end of the pursuit said.
Johnson heard officers yelling for the suspects to get out of the car multiple times or they would send the K9 police dogs after them. After multiple attempts to get the suspects to cooperate, Johnson said the officers let the dogs tackle them and that was when they took the suspects into custody.
Ana Brindley, 20, of Sun Prairie, and Martinique Walker, 19, of Madison, were arrested and booked in the Dane County Jail on charges of knowingly fleeing an officer and resisting an officer.
At the same time, other Monona and Madison officers were still in the area of Walmart and a Speedway gas station, looking for the second stolen vehicle -- the blue Toyota.
Officers attempted contact with four suspects in the Speedway lot, but the suspects started to flee. Police believe one of the suspects fired two shots. No officers were struck by gunfire, and no officers discharged their weapon.
Police said they established a perimeter and tried to track the suspects with a K9, but the suspects were last seen jumping the fence and running towards the Beltline.
Police are still investigating each incident. If you have any information, please call the Monona Police Department at 608-222-0463.