Brady St. hit-and-run suspect arrested

Posted at 12:48 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 17:09:23-04

MILWAUKEE -- Police have arrested the man responsible for a Wednesday hit-and-run accident on Brady St. and Arlington Pl.

The 30-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested after someone's tip led officers to find the striking vehicle, which was found in the 1900 block of N. Oakland Ave., police say. 

Further investigation led to the arrest of the driver. The Milwaukee Police Department says they'll present charges of recklessly endangering safety to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office in the coming days.

When the suspect slammed into a van at the intersection of Brady Street and Arlington Place Wednesday, bystanders stepped in to try and stop him.

Apollo Cafe's owner, Nikos Limberatos, heard about the accident from an employee. When he went to check it out, he realized what was going on.

"I've got to get this guy out, I've got to stop him," said Limberatos. In video taken by a bystander, you see Limberatos grab a glass of water from an outdoor table. "I went and I threw it in his face," he said.

Limberatos said he acted on instinct, since he realized the truck was trying to get away from the scene of the accident.

"My main concern was to try and get him out of his car. And I just could not get his door open," explained Limberatos.

Police said pedestrians should not try to detain a car in a hit-and-run situation. But, Limberatos said the truck was pointed at people on the sidewalk.

"He didn't want to stop for anything, for anyone," explained Ashley Dunn, a waitress at Jack's American Pub.