Officers hurt after vehicle pursuit lasts nearly 65 miles through 10 communities
It all started around 9:30 p.m., when police responded to a business on East Moreland Boulevard, for a wanted suspect who they say may have also been planning to steal clothes from a store.
"He is known to the law enforcement community," said Captain Dan Baumann, Waukesha Police Department.
Police found the suspect and a woman in the car. When they asked the man to get out of the car, he refused and a fight between the officers and suspect began. Waukesha police dashcam video shows a man fighting with officers in the Westbrook Shopping Center parking lot.
"We believe he was on some type of drug at the time because he was acting extremely violent and extremely erratic," said Captain Baumann.
The officers tried to use pepper spray and a taser, but the suspect was able to throw the car in reverse -- knocking one officer over and rolling over the other.
"One of the officers went a pretty good distance, got hit pretty hard, went flying pretty good distance, and the other officer was rolled up under the vehicle as it backed up so you can see he has some good injuries a lot of soft tissue injuries," Baumann said.
The driver took off. Around 11:30 p.m., Milwaukee police spotted the suspect in a different car with a different woman. The suspect led officers on a chase lasting nearly 65 miles through the communities of Cudahy, St. Francis, South Milwaukee, Oak Creek, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, West Allis and West Milwaukee.
"At speeds of over 100 mph. Had zero regard for any human life, just didn’t care," said Baumann.
West Allis Police used spike trips and the suspect vehicle crashed at the National Avenue exit on Highway 41. The suspect and the woman were both taken into custody.
"We are so grateful for Milwaukee, we are so grateful for West Allis and all the other agencies in helping us apprehend this completely violent criminal," said Baumann.
Both Waukesha police officers were treated on scene; one of them was taken to the hospital and was released.
The suspects' names will be released once they are charged.