Milwaukee man charged with injuring two police officers in hit-and-run

Posted at 10:22 AM, Jul 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-25 18:23:28-04

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee man has been charged with three separate counts of hit-and-run in an incident that injured two Milwaukee police officers last week.

18-year-old Ladonesty Fowlkes was charged Tuesday with hit and run - great bodily harm, hit and run - injury, as well as hit and run - attended vehicle. 

In the criminal complaint, police say Officers Andrew Marx and Paul Marchese were walking on the sidewalk of Sherman Blvd. at about 5:00 p.m. on July 20 when they were stopped by two people who lived in the neighborhood to talk about crime in the area.

While the officers were talking with residents, one of them saw a purple Monte Carlo speeding in the parking lane. The Monte Carlo struck the residents' van, then mounted the curb, hitting both officers.

According to the criminal complaint, Officer Marx was struck in the leg and knocked into the air. He landed on the windshield and hood before rolling off, it says. He later received 18 stitches to close a wound on his face, and received treatment for a fractured tibia.

Officer Marchese was treated for soft tissue injuries to his right elbow and shoulder.

After a witness captured a photo of Fowlkes' license plate and shared it with police, officers searched the plate and found a car registered to Fowlkes. They later found the car on a parking slab at his mother's house, according to the complaint.

The Monte Carlo's plates had been stripped and the car had garbage bags covering the dents and blood from the crash, police say. 

Officers spoke with Fowlkes' father, who said his son called him after the crash and said he didn't want to stay at the scene of the crash because "he was afraid of being hurt."

If convicted of all charges, Fowlkes faces just over 16 years in prison.