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James M. Myshak mug shot

James M. Myshak.

Madison police are crediting alert workers at an East Side Culvers restaurant with keeping a suspected drunken driver delayed long enough for police to arrive and arrest him.

The incident began about 9:45 p.m. Friday when a car “coming in hot” to the drive-up window scraped along the side of the restaurant at 4301 East Towne Blvd., according to a police news release.

An employee detected alcohol on the man's breath, another called police, and the order taker took a token for a free scoop of custard out to the driver, believing this would help keep him from driving off.

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Upon receiving the token, the worker told police the driver joked, "Do you have any Bloody Marys in there?"

When police arrived, the customer admitted to consuming beer: "Four of five, I'm not going to lie to you," the release states.

Police then arrested James M. Myshak, 56, for alleged seventh offense operating while intoxicated.

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