MIDDLETON (WKOW) — A Madison man tried to throw police off the trail when he claimed thieves were in his vehicle during a failed traffic stop, when in fact he was driving the car.
The incident began when a Middleton police officer attempted a traffic stop about 6 p.m. Dec. 4 on a white Dodge Neon, in the 2100 block of Allen Boulevard, for failing to obey a traffic sign.
The driver failed to stop and eluded the officer, according to a Middleton police news release.
A few minutes later, 27-year-old Ricky Warren of Madison, called 911 to report that his vehicle, the one that eluded the officer, was just stolen from the 6500 Block of University Avenue.
Warren advised the vehicle was stolen by three masked men that displayed handguns and pulled him from the vehicle.
Officers arrived in the 6500 Block of University Avenue and found evidence to negate Warren’s story that the car was stolen.
After further investigation, and witness statements, it was determined that Warren himself was driving the Dodge Neon when it failed to stop for the stop sign. He then attempted to elude the officer trying to stop him and called 911 while still driving the Dodge Neon to report it as stolen.
Warren was ultimately taken to the Dane County Jail and jailed for attempting to elude (a felony) and obstructing an officer.