Waunakee Police: Separate traffic incidents lead to felony charges | Local



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Two people face felony charges in Dane County Circuit Court following separate traffic incidents in Waunakee in the first week of October.

The first incident happened on October 1 at around 4:36 p.m., when police responded to a report of an individual on Centennial Parkway who, according to a criminal complaint, “appeared to be slumped in the driver’s seat.” The complaint says the vehicle, a bronze Ford Escape, was stopped in the middle of the intersection of Centennial Parkway and Freshir Court, perpendicular to normal traffic.

After establishing initial contact with the individual, the response officer requested reinforcements. Officers reportedly detected a strong smell of intoxicants and observed the driver stammering his words with slow, delayed and awkward movements.

The complaint alleges the driver, Benjamin Metzger, 44, of Waunakee, was driving drunk and resisted officers as they attempted to stop him. The officers obtained a warrant for a blood test.

Metzger faces a felony charge of driving a motor vehicle under the influence as a fourth offense and resisting an officer.

The second incident involved a relatively high speed chase through an area of ​​the village where the speed limit is 25 mph.

On October 4, an officer in Waunakee observed that a black Jeep SUV did not stop at a stop sign on Dover Drive and S. Division Street, according to a separate criminal complaint. The officer activated his hazard lights, but the driver accelerated to an estimated speed of 40 to 50 mph on Division Street, turning onto Knightsbridge Road and sometimes driving in the wrong lane, according to the criminal complaint.

After the defendant turned to Kingston Way, officers began to search the parking lots of apartment complexes there and located the suspicious vehicle, the complaint says. Officers identified the suspect as Golden P. Smith Jr., 30, of Cambridge. Smith came out of a residence and contacted the officer, then said he was on “criminal conduct bail” and did not want to go to jail, according to the complaint.

Court records show Smith was charged with running away from an officer on August 24. As a condition of his release, he was ordered not to drive a motor vehicle. Smith faces another felony charge for attempting to flee an officer from the Oct. 4 incident, as well as a felony bail.

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