A 39-year-old Madison man was arrested for his alleged eighth OWI offense after Fitchburg police found a driver unconscious on the 2900 block of Marketplace Drive an hour into 2019.

Jason Ackerman’s car was found with the gear shifter still in drive around 1 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, after police were called to assist with an intoxicated driver, a news release from the Fitchburg Police Department said. Fitch-Rona EMS paramedics first noticed his vehicle on the side of the road.

Officers couldn’t wake Ackerman to place the vehicle in park, so they broke one of the car’s windows, the release said.

Ackerman was tentatively charged with his eighth OWI offense, as well as his eighth offense of Operating with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration, and was taken to the Dane County Jail, the release said.

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