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Incident Report for Case #2010-293794

Incident Type


Incident Date

10/11/2010 - 4:58 PM


Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


Jay R. Limestahl, age 49, Madison
Mr. Limestahl was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and cited for Deposit of Rubbish, and Unlawful to Possess/Consume.


Rock stars like Pete Townshend and Jimi Hendrix were some of the first to gain notoriety doing it on stage, but a Madison man may be the first to attract attention smashing a guitar in from of the City County Building. The Dane County Communication's Center received several calls Monday afternoon after the suspect tossed his guitar at a passing car - but missed. He then began smashing the musical instrument in the middle of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. He was also yelling during the tirade and the spectacle attracted a great deal of attention from passersby. Witnesses told police several cars stopped as drivers were unable to pass during the guitar smashing. One man told police everything appeared to have started when the suspect attempted to play his guitar outside of the Madison Municipal Building. For some reason this must not have gone well because instead of making music he got very angry. According to witnesses, he was bringing the guitar up over his head and then repeatedly smashing it down onto the concrete until it broke into pieces. Officers were able to stop the man as he attempted to ride away on a bicycle. He was apologetic, explaining that he had been drinking and "got mad at my bass." He says he did not mean to scare anyone. The man was also pulling a bike trailer, inside of which there was an open bottle of alcohol. He was cited for that, and for leaving the broken guitar in the street. The overall disturbance resulted in an arrest for disorderly conduct.

Released 10/12/2010 at 10:08 AM by PIO Joel DeSpain

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