LODI — A Madison man was arrested Tuesday after authorities said the car he was driving while drunk hit a parked vehicle in the town of West Point.
Authorities arrested Ronald A. Garske, 54, who was charged with an eighth drunken driving offense, a second offense of operating after license revocation, obstruction of justice and hit-and-run to property.
Columbia County Sheriff Roger Brandner said his office received a report at 11 a.m. Tuesday of a possible hit-and-run involving a vehicle parked on Rausch Road in the town of West Point.
Deputies responded to the scene and observed a vehicle with considerable damage that appeared to have been struck by another vehicle, Brandner said.
No injuries were reported.
A second damaged vehicle drove off with deputies in pursuit. Authorities later located the vehicle with help from witnesses and an off-duty law enforcement officer, Brandner said.
In a statement, Brandner thanked witnesses and the off-duty officer for their support in locating Garske.
They were “instrumental in assisting the Sheriff’s Office in locating and arresting the suspect,” he said.
The Sauk Prairie Police Department, Lodi Police Department, Sauk Prairie Fire Department, Sauk Prairie EMS and Everett’s Towing also assisted on scene.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.