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Saturday, December 09, 2023

Drunk driver disrupts Ironman Wisconsin triathlon

A drunk driver disrupted Ironman Wisconsin athletes Sunday as he crashed through the course at North Park and Langdon Streets.

A University of Wisconsin-Madison police officer located a vehicle traveling on North Park Street toward State Street Mall, disregarding traffic barricades set up for the triathlon set up at North Park Street and University Avenue, according to UWPD Sgt. Aaron Chapin.

Chapin said in a statement Michael Potter, the driver, ignored changes in the flow of traffic and drove over cones, nearly hitting pedestrians, Ironman competitors and the officer on duty.

No one was injured during the incident and the Ironman course remained open, according to Chapin.

UWPD officers arrested Potter for driving a vehicle while intoxicated and without a license in addition to disobeying traffic signs.

Potter will remain in the Dane County Jail until his initial court appearance, according to the statement.

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