"She took it too far": Father apologizes for daughter arrested after allegedly fleeing from police and causing crash

NOW: “She took it too far“: Father apologizes for daughter arrested after allegedly fleeing from police and causing crash

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Charges could be coming soon after a serious crash involving a tow truck driver in Riverwest. 

Police say a 29-year-old woman was arrested in western Wisconsin. The tow truck, being pursued by police, hit two vehicles near Pierce and Locust. According to police, the woman then got out, stole another vehicle and escaped. 

Several people were hurt. 

We're not naming the driver of that vehicle until she's been formally charged, but her father apologized for her actions Thursday night. 

"Apologies go out to all the families and victims on my behalf, and I know if my daughter was here she'd be saying the same thing," says Mike Murphy.

Murphy claims his daughter was on the clock for A-1 Junk Removal, picking up a car in Riverwest, when the incident began.

"Somebody came up behind her and tried hitting her in the head and robbing her," he claims. "She got really scared and jumped in the tow truck and drove off very frantically." 

Murphy says his daughter had no drivers license, and got scared.

"When you're under that much adrenaline of being robbed, your mind's going to go cuckoo, and unfortunately she took it too far," he says.

Milwaukee Police have not released any information supporting Murphy's claim of the initial attempted robbery. 

Police say the woman will be brought back to Milwaukee where she could face several charges, including hit and run, battery to an officer, and strong arm robbery. 

The tow truck company initially said the truck was stolen however, they are now saying they sold the truck and the new owners never took their name off it or registered it. 

Murphy claims his daughter was an employee of the company when the incident happened. 

"She's driving their trucks with no drivers license," he says. 


Updated: 4:03 p.m. September 20, 2017

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The suspect identified as a 29-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested in western Wisconsin on Wednesday. Milwaukee Police Officers have taken the woman into custody and are bringing her back to Milwaukee.

The woman faces charges of fleeting, hit-and-run causing harm, battery to law enforcement officer, strong arm robbery and resisting an officer.

The company that owns the tow truck tells CBS 58 the truck was stolen.


Posted: 5:18 p.m. September 19, 2017

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Police Department is currently investigating a serious crash that happened this afternoon near Pierce and Locust.

According to police, officers attempted a traffic stop of a tow truck that was towing a vehicle. The tow truck fled approximately one block then crashed into an eastbound vehicle and a parked car at Pierce and Locust Streets.

The suspect, and driver of the tow truck, fled on foot and entered the parked vehicle of a witness who stopped near the crash.

After a struggle, the suspect took the witness' vehicle and fled the area.

The witness' vehicle has since been recovered and police continue to search for the suspect.

Several people were seriously injured in this accident and taken to a local hospital.

The investigation remains ongoing. 

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