A 29-year-old Madison man was nearly struck by a vehicle on the Beltline Thursday morning as he attempted to run from police, according to the Dane County Sheriff's Department.
The incident began when a Dane County Sheriff's deputy attempted to make a traffic stop for a speeding violation on the Beltline at about 11 a.m.
Authorities said the driver refused to stop and instead drove into the parking garage of the WalMart store on Royal Avenue. He got out of the vehicle and started to run away.
Deputies established a perimeter of the area and were searching for him when a passing motorist stopped and said they had nearly struck a man who ran northbound across the Beltline.
A short time later, deputies located and arrested the suspect, Michael J. Betts, of Madison, near Winnequah Road and Graham Drive in Monona.
Betts faces a felony charge of eluding along with several traffic citations, authorities said.