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Man Arrested After Aggressive Altercation in University Hospital Parking Ramp

Incident date

December 11, 2018, 12:50 PM

Incident type

Disorderly Conduct


University Hospital Parking Ramp


The UW-Madison Police Department has arrested a Cottage Grove man after an aggressive altercation in the University Hospital parking ramp Tuesday afternoon.

On Tuesday, December 11, at approximately 12:50 p.m., a passerby called UWPD about an individual — Ricky L. Smith, 59, of Cottage Grove — who was yelling and acting aggressively towards another man in the parking ramp. The man had accidentally backed into the Smith’s vehicle – Smith violently confronted the driver, grabbed their keys away, and began yelling.

A UWPD officer arrived on the scene, at which point Smith’s anger turned to that responding officer. After Smith became aggressive towards the officer and refused to comply with orders, the officer deployed pepper spray to detain the suspect. Smith was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. University Hospital Security assisted UWPD in taking Smith into custody.

Smith was arrested and booked into the Dane County Jail for resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.

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