CITY OF POLK, WIS. – A 34-year-old Milwaukee man faces multiple charges in Washington County following an incident that began in the town of Polk on Sunday, May 9.
A Washington County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Post indicates that an MP spotted a car parked on the side of State Highway 60 near Hillside Road around midnight. The vehicle’s hazard lights were on.
The assistant stopped to see if the motorist needed assistance. The deputy saw that the driver appeared to pass out in the lap of an adult passenger. A second deputy saw a one-year-old sleeping unrestrained in the backseat of the car.
MPs also learned that the driver was wanted by the United States Marshal’s office on outstanding weapons charges and had several previous convictions for OWI.
The message goes on to say that the deputies approached the car and asked the driver to get out of the car. The driver refused and immediately fled in the car at high speed.
Because there was an unrestrained child in the vehicle as well as another passenger, MPs decided not to chase the car – hoping the driver would slow down. A local deputy observed the suspicious vehicle going at around 100 mph, although police were not chasing it.
As the suspect vehicle entered the village of Jackson on State Highway 60, the suspect failed to negotiate a roundabout and crashed into a swampy area, officials said. fled the car on foot, leaving his passenger seriously injured in the car, as well as the child unrestrained.
An arrival assistant was able to deploy one of our agency’s drones just minutes after the crash and quickly located the suspect using the drone’s infrared technology. The suspect always refused to comply and leave the swamp. With the help of the Germantown Police Department’s K-9 unit, the suspect eventually surrendered.
The passenger and her baby were transported by Jackson Rescue to a hospital. The child was not injured and was released from the hospital. The adult passenger remains hospitalized with serious injuries.
The car crash is still under investigation by Jackson Village Police.
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Washington County Sheriff Martin Schulteis made the following statement in the message.
“These officers recognized the need to mitigate the risk to passengers, especially an unrestrained baby, and not push this suspect to drive more recklessly than he already was, even if that meant allowing him to escape temporarily. They monitored the suspect from a safe distance that enabled them to rescue the injured shortly after the crash and used technology to quickly locate the suspect. In the end, the suspect’s actions alone showed complete disregard for precious human life, including a helpless child. consequences.”
The suspect is still being held in the Washington County Jail and faces charges of 4th OWI offense, OWI causing grievous bodily harm, fleeing and endangering first degree security charges.