Police arrested 21-year-old Francisco Martinez late Monday night after he allegedly threw a bottle of beer at a worker of a restaurant on the 200 block of Gilman Street, and drove away intoxicated afterward.
According the the Madison Police Department statement, Martinez threw the bottle at around 9:30 p.m., and the bottle nearly hit the worker at Los Gemelos restaurant. Shards of glass landed on two restaurant patrons, the statement said.
After receiving a description of the suspect and his vehicle, MPD was able to track him down in his pulled-over vehicle near where the incident had occurred, the statement said. The statement said the suspect was intoxicated, had empty beer bottles in his car and claimed he had thrown the bottle because bottles had been thrown at his car by others.
According to MPD, the restaurant worker did not know the suspect, so the incident was most likely random.
Ald. Bridget Maniaci, District 2, said she has not noticed a recent crime or drunk driving increase in the area.
“Things tend to be relatively quiet at this time of year,” Maniaci said. “I think this was a random and isolated act.”
She said crime in the area usually peaks during warmer months and weekends that correlate to sporting events. She said this incident is very unusual, but issues of drunk driving are never something that should be seen as “normal.”
Maniaci said she thought someone was targeting his vehicle.
“When there’s alcohol involved, the reasons why people do what they do can vary substantially,” Maniaci said.