MILWAUKEE — Tyreese Santana Hines has been charged in the serious crash at 16th and Keefe Avenue that led to a Milwaukee Police officer and two children being seriously hurt.
The 28-year-old from Milwaukee was charged with four counts, including two counts first-degree recklessly endangering safety and two counts evading an officer resulting in bodily harm.
Hines was driving a Nissan Sentra when he was approached by a marked Milwaukee Police squad car. Police were looking into whether the car Hines was driving was involved in an armed robbery that occurred an hour prior. It was then that Hines took off northbound on North 15th Street at a high rate of speed. Hines ran multiple stoplights and stop signs, taking a route with more than 17 turns, in a pursuit that lasted about 6.5 miles, according to the criminal complaint.
Hines collided with a Mitsubishi Outlander that had pulled over to avoid the chase. The force of the crash caused the Outlander to hit a parked car which hopped the curb, hitting two children playing on the sidewalk. A 7-year-old was transported to Children's Hospital with a broken leg. A 9-year-old was also transported to Children's with less serious injuries.
While responding to the crash, a different Milwaukee Police squad car pulled up to the passenger side of the squad involved in the chase, striking an officer leaving the vehicle. CPR and chest compressions were performed on the officer after the impact. He began breathing again and was transported to Froedtert with bruised ribs and a severely broken leg.
It was estimated that Hines was traveling over 80 mph in residential areas where the speed limit is only 25 mph. A reconstruction of the crash and analysis of data revealed the Nissan Sentra was traveling 78 mph about one second before impact.
Hines' driver's license was suspended at the time of the crash.
If convicted of all counts, Hines could face 50 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.