Man charged after leading police on an 80 mph chase that injured 2 adults, 2 children
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee man is facing charges after evading officers in a 80 mile per hour chase that ended in a crash Tuesday night.
Four people were injured throughout the six and a half mile pursuit, including two children and a police officer.
The chase began around 15th and Capitol, when officers attempted to stop 28-year-old Tyreese Hines, believing his vehicle was connected to a robbery.
Hines took off and lost control of his vehicle near 16th and Keefe, crashing into another car. That vehicle jumped a curb due to the impact, hitting a 7-year-old and 9-year-old who were playing on a sidewalk. According to the criminal complaint, one child was treated for fractured thigh and shin bones.
Vincent Luckett's nephew was one of the children hit. "I was just stunned at first," he said. "I had to run and grab him, and his stepfather picked him up and took him in the house."
Due to the impact of the collision, Hines' vehicle veered off track and came to rest in the parking lot of a school. Authorities say a front seat passenger in his vehicle was injured and treated for spinal fractures at a local hospital.
A police officer at the scene was also accidentally struck by a responding squad car during the chase.
According to the complaint, the officer flew into the air, stopped breathing and did not have a pulse. He was revived after a second officer gave him CPR, and was taken to the hospital with bruised ribs, a fractured femur, fractured tibia and fractured fibula.
"The police officers were doing what they're expected to do," Mayor Tom Barrett said. "The children who were hit were doing everything they could -- and it underscores once again, how dangerous that job can be."
Court records show that Hines' driver's license was suspended at the time of the pursuit-- he was last convicted of operating while suspended on June 19. Records show Hines has been convicted six times for operating while suspended, two times for operating without a license, and one time for operating after revocation.
Hines is charged with two counts of eluding an officer resulting in great bodily harm, and two counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety.
If found guilty, he could face up to 50 years in prison.