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Milwaukee Sheriff calls out criminals as 'narcissistic' after two weekend chases

Posted at 10:10 PM, Jul 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 10:00:22-04

Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt called the suspects who led deputies on high-speed pursuits this weekend "narcissistic" with "no regard for human lives."

The tough words from the sheriff came as his deputies were involved in two high-speed chases that ended with felons in possession of firearms being taken into custody.

"I'm just going to have to be blunt and say career type criminals that have no regard for life they're only concerned about what they're doing at the particular time," Schmidt said about the weekend suspects. 

In the first case on Saturday, a deputy pulled up behind what looked like a disabled vehicle on I-94 near Miller Park.

The driver drove off and the deputy followed, turned on his emergency lights and the vehicle pulled over. It wasn't long and the driver drove off again.

After a 12 mile long pursuit, the driver was taken into custody after a short chase on foot. Deputies say the suspect threw a gun that was later recovered. 

On Sunday deputies on patrol saw a vehicle speed through Sherman Park. Deputies chased after the vehicle until it crashed into another car and come to a stop.

The driver and passenger ran from the scene but the driver was later caught. The sheriff's office says a semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine, multiple cell phones, cash and marijuana were found in the car. The driver was a convicted felon. 

Schmidt is running for a complete term. He was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker after former Sheriff David Clarke stepped down.

Schmidt said, "it's this criminal behavior that is ruining our communities that we're after and we're going to keep pursuing this until we get it slowed down and eventually stopped."