Posted on Mar 21, 2012

The Madison Police Department arrested a man Friday after an officer spotted a suspicious marking on his vehicle. Arrested for alleged drunk driving and performing a hit-and-run car crash in east Madison, Richard Moran failed to notice a telltale mark on his car. 

The 52-year-old Verona resident was arrested for a sixth drunken driving felony, along with leaving the scene of an accident and not possessing car insurance. Moran was apprehended after the police officer who had responded to the crash spotted evidence of the car Moran hit while driving nearby.

The crash occurred around 6:20 on Friday evening on High Crossing Boulevard and involved two sisters from Madison, ages 20 and 16 years old. The older sister was driving the two to a movie at Eastgate Cinemas when their Pontiac was rear-ended, allegedly by Richard Moran.

According to Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain, the suspect fled the scene when the older sister exited her vehicle to exchange insurance information. The 20-year-old hit-and-run victim was confident in her ability to remember license plate numbers due to her experience working on a hotel on a highly trafficked intersection.

After taking the victim’s report of the license plate number of the offending vehicle, police were able to obtain a name and vehicle of the suspect. It was identification of the vehicle—combined with the word “Pontiac” stamped backwards in road salt on Richard Moran’s front bumper—which led to his arrest. 

If you have been involved in a Wisconsin hit-and-run crash, or have experienced a collision with an uninsured driver, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation by contacting the Madison car crash attorneys of Hupy and Abraham at 608-277-7777 or toll-free at 800-800-5678.

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