A driver in Wisconsin who deliberately crashed into two alleged burglars’ vehicle after they reportedly stole his snowblower has been arrested, according to police.
The Madison Police Department (MPD) said a man and woman allegedly stole a snowblower from the garage of his home in the 300 block of South Walbridge Street at about 10:30 p.m. on Monday.
MPD public information officer Stephanie Fryer said the 29-year-old man had been the victim of an earlier burglary and saw the alleged theft from his truck, according to CBS and MyNetworkTV affiliate WISC-TV.
The man is then alleged to have crashed his truck into the alleged burglars’ vehicle in the 4300 block of Milwaukee Street, the network reported.
Both alleged burglars were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Police told WISC-TV the man was later arrested on suspicion of second-degree recklessly endangering safety. He is now being held at the Dane County Jail in Madison, according to the network.
MPD officers did not identify the pair who stole the snowblower but told WISC-TV they had probable cause to arrest them both for burglary.
Newsweek has contacted the MPD for comment.
According to the legal firm Grieve Law, second-degree recklessly endangering safety in Wisconsin is defined as whoever recklessly endangers another’s safety and is a Class G felony.
Wisconsin’s Department of Transport said there were a total of 23,747 injury crashes and 32,373 people injured in collisions in 2020. The department also found there had been a total of 540 fatal crashes and some 593 people were killed in collisions across the state.
In 2021, multiple people were injured after a driver plowed into an outdoor dining space of a Philadelphia restaurant. The crash happened in May at the Northern Liberties neighborhood near Fourth and Brown streets, where Cafe La Maude is located.
First responders told WPVI-TV that eight people needed to be transported to a hospital for further treatment. All victims were said to be in a stable condition.
Diners had been outside eating when the driver lost control and struck into Cafe La Maude’s dining structure. The crash left tables and splintered wood scattered across the road.
Cafe La Maude told WCAU-TV that the eight people were in the parklet at the time of the crash and that the restaurant would need to close for the rest of the day.
The silver Sedan sustained damage to the front and appeared to come to a stop after it crashed with the rear passenger side of a van parked on the street.