Drunk driver cracks open beer in front of officer, Madison police say

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Madison police say a suspected drunken driver disobeyed an order to get out of her car and instead cracked open a beer in front of the officer who stopped her.

Police say an officer on foot spotted an SUV driving fast early Wednesday on State Street near downtown Madison, where regular traffic is not allowed. The officer jumped into her car and pulled the driver over.

According to a police report, the driver, a 42-year-old Madison woman, refused to get out from behind the wheel. Instead, it alleges, she opened a can of beer and began drinking. Police say it took several officers to get her out of the car, under control and put her in handcuffs.

The woman was jailed on suspicion of reckless driving and operating while intoxicated.
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