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Stolen car does balancing act, teen girl arrested, Madison police say

March 22, 2019 GMT

A teenage girl escaped injury but not arrest Wednesday when the stolen car she was driving ended up teetering on a rock embankment on the Far West Side.

The girl fled but was caught by a police dog a short distance away.

The 15-year-old Madison girl was tentatively charged with operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, police said.

The car, a 2013 Chrysler 200, had been reported stolen from a Downtown parking ramp Tuesday afternoon.

“On Wednesday, witnesses called police after the stolen car rolled backwards in a parking lot in the 9300 block of Old Sauk Road,” said Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain.

“The car went partially over a rock embankment and stopped precariously, balancing on its undercarriage, with the front wheels lifted off the backtop and the rear of the car hanging over a 12-foot drop,” DeSpain said.

The girl was able to get out of the car and run away, but police dog Falko followed her track and found the girl hiding behind a building in the 600 block of Bear Claw Way.