Police Incident Reports

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Incident Report for Case #2013-373722

Incident Type

Intoxicated/Impaired Driver

Incident Date

11/28/2013 - 11:33 AM


217 Cottage Grove Rd. (Buck's Pizza)


LaVerne R. Coffey, age 50, Madison
Driver was arrested for Operating While Under the Influence - 3rd offense, Failure to Notify Owner of Property Damage - 2 counts, and Operating While Suspended.


An intoxicated man drove a van into a Cottage Grove Rd. building - containing two businesses, including Buck's Pizza. He hit the building twice, once on the side containing the pizza parlor, and once on the side containing Hoey Apothecary. He then sped off, and knocked over a fire hydrant at the corner of Clover Lane and Sargent St. The hit-and-run driver might have gotten away if not for the fact that witnesses were able to provide a responding officer with a very good description of the van. The officer broadcast it – the description - to other listening officers Thanksgiving day, and one spotted the van pulling into the East Side Shopping Center from Hermina St. It hopped a curb, and nearly struck two cars, before stopping near a pharmacy. The driver registered a .27 while performing a breath test. 

Released 12/03/2013 at 1:07 PM by PIO Joel DeSpain

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