Accused drunk driver smashes into marked squad car

14 OWI arrests made over the weekend

An accused drunk driver crashed his car into a marked squad car Saturday on I-43 northbound near Brown Street Saturday night.

It happened around 2:15 a.m. Police say the pickup flipped over on its roof after smashing into the squad car. Thankfully nobody was inside the squad car when it was hit. 

According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, 14 drunk drivers were arrested this weekend from 4 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday. 

It was part of Operation Drive Sober, an initiative enacted by acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt to clean the Milwaukee County freeway of intoxicated drivers. 

“This is beyond crazy! A fourth offense drunk driver hits a citizen’s car, escapes the scene and we hunt him down and cuff him up. Another drunk driver totals one of our squads and gets arrested. Responsible, sober driving must become a reality, not an elusive dream! Have you had ENOUGH?!” Schmidt said in a statement. 

The man who hit the police car had no previous drunk driving offenses, and the accident is being investigated by the Marquette University Police Department. He is a 26-year-old from Tennessee. 

Of the other 13 arrests,  all were first time offenders besides one Milton man who was arrested for his 4th OWI after a hit and run on I-43 northbound. 

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