Man arrested on long test drive

Jan. 5, 2012 at 1:06 PM
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MADISON, Wis., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Police in Wisconsin said a man who took a car for a test drive from Madison to Milwaukee told officers the long test drive was normal.

The Madison Police Department said the owner of A to Z Auto in Madison called 911 Friday and reported a man had driven off in a 2000 Nissan Altima without waiting for a salesman to ride along, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday.

Police said the 47-year-old man was pulled over and arrested at about 8 p.m. about seven miles from the dealership. The man told police he had taken the car to Milwaukee and back to retrieve money to purchase the item and planned to return the car the following day.

"You just don't take it for a 15-minute test drive," police quoted the man as saying.

The man, whose name was not released, was arrested on a tentative charge of operating a motor vehicle without consent of the owner.

"The public should be reminded in a case of this nature to review dealership expectations about how long a reasonable test drive should be, and an anticipated distance to be driven before the vehicle leaves the premises," the department said.

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