Waukesha Deputy Jumps out of Way to Avoid Drunk Motorist
On Saturday, February 13 at 2:12 AM, a Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department squad attempted a traffic stop on a 2014 Jeep Compass traveling westbound on I-94 west of Moorland Road in the City of Brookfield for diving with no lights. During this attempted stop, another Sheriff’s Department Squad was responding to a citizen complaint of possible intoxicated driver in the same area.
The Jeep Compass failed to yield to the squad’s emergency lights and siren as it continued westbound on I-94 at approximately 40 MPH. Vehicle speeds continued to slow to less than 5 MPH when the Jeep Compass crashed into the median wall east of Barker Road in the Town of Brookfield.
The Jeep Compass then left the crash scene with the squad still following. The Jeep then attempted to elude the following squad. The squad investigating the other complaint of a possible intoxicated driver had just released a motorist from a traffic stop on westbound I-94 east of Redford Boulevard in the City of Pewaukee as the vehicle pursuit approached the deputy’s location.
At 2:21 AM, the Jeep then crossed all lanes of the interstate and crashed into the rear of the squad which was completing the other traffic stop. This squad was parked in the right shoulder lane with its emergency lights illuminated. The deputy who was standing outside of his squad had to run from the area to avoid being struck by the Jeep.
The Jeep was operated by a 23-year-old female resident of West Allis, with no other occupants in the vehicle. The female operator was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. She was arrested for Operating While under the Influence and Eluding.