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Public sculpture struck by stolen Metro car

Published On: Mar 11 2013 10:43:17 AM CDT   Updated On: Feb 28 2013 01:19:08 PM CST

Michael Rivera


Madison police said an intoxicated man got kicked off a Madison Metro bus, stole a car and crashed into a public art sculpture Thursday morning.

Madison Metro staff told police the man fell asleep on the bus and was on board when the bus ended its final route at 12:15 a.m. He was taken off the bus and got into a Madison Metro car that was left running outside Madison Metro's East Washington Avenue facility, according to police.

The car's battery was low and the car was left on to recharge it, according to Madison Metro staff.

Police said Michael Rivera, 20, of Madison, then drove the car toward the isthmus.

A witness told police he saw the car driving the wrong way around the Capitol Square.

Police said Rivera tried to turn down State Street, jumped a sidewalk and struck concrete pillars of an arch-shaped sculpture near the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

The witness followed Rivera from a distance and was in contact with a dispatcher, and according to police, the assistance helped officers get Rivera into custody.

Police said Rivera had two cans of beer in his pockets and his blood alcohol level was recorded at 0.17.

Rivera was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle without consent, operating while under the influence, operating without a license and underage consumption.

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