MADISON (WKOW) -- What began as routine traffic stop, quickly escalated into a drug investigation Tuesday afternoon.
A member of the Madison Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team (TEST) knew he would be issuing more than a ticket when several bags of marijuana flew out a vehicle's passenger side window, landing in all lanes of traffic in the 1300 block of Fish Hatchery Road.
The driver was flagged by TEST for speeding in the 1800 block in the early afternoon. He was refusing to pull over, thus leading officers on a relatively low speed pursuit, while running stop signs and turning onto various streets.
One TEST member stopped to gather the bags of drugs, while another pursued the car.
The vehicle finally stopped in the 1300 block of Wingra Dr. The driver, 23-year-old Travis Brown of Fitchburg, was ordered out at gunpoint and told several times to get on the ground. He eventually complied.
Also in the vehicle were 21-year-old Chelsea Fry and two small children, ages one and three. The driver claimed to know nothing about the bags of flying marijuana, and said he did not pull over quickly as he was looking for a good place to park. As for the $3,765 found in several of his pockets, he said that was his tax return.
The driver says he does not understand the reason for many of the citations and charges, which includes child neglect. The officer explained the tentative child neglect charge was for "having this chase with me, putting children in danger while violating traffic laws and regulations … and also for having a good quantity of marijuana in the vehicle."
Among the charges Brown faces: child neglect, possession of THC (marijuana) with intent to deliver, knowingly flee an officer, speeding, operating with suspended plates, and operating after revocation.
Fry was cited for obstructing an officer.