2 Sheriff's deputies thrown into traffic on I-43

Posted at 5:27 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 19:16:52-04

MILWAUKEE -- Two Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputies were thrown into a lane of traffic on I-43 last weekend after a woman who had been pulled over for speeding threw her car into reverse and sped off, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

Both deputies sustained injuries, and narrowly missed being struck by oncoming traffic.  A passenger who was in the car with the suspect was transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies had pulled the woman over on I-43 eastbound on W. Loomis Rd. for speeding. She was also driving on a suspended license, so deputies called for a tow. When the tow truck arrived, she threw her car in reverse, accelerated at a high rate of speed, rammed the squad and fled the scene. 

Authorities say the woman provided false identification, and the passenger refused to identify her. Sheriff’s detectives investigated and arrested a 23-year-old Milwaukee woman Wednesday.

Potential charges being sought are first degree recklessly endangering safety, vehicle operator flee/elude officer, resisting or obstructing officer, and criminal damage to property. 

If convicted of all counts, she faces up to 45 years in prison.