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Drunken Driver's Flight into Marsh Foiled by Raised Fire Ladder Bucket

A Brookfield police sergeant who went up in a raised fire truck ladder was able to direct officers to arrest an alleged drunken driver who fled an injury crash into a nearby marsh off Capitol Drive and Barker Road.

An alleged drunken driver who fled into a marsh after causing an injury accident on Barker Road Thursday afternoon had little chance once fire crews lifted a ladder bucket.

A Brookfield police sergeant went up high in the bucket and directed officers to where the 18-year-old Brookfield man was hiding, Police Capt. Jim Adlam said Friday.

"The sergeant could see him crouching and moving," he said.

Officers arrested the teen but released him to his parents, referring the case to the Waukesha County District Attorney's office for possible charges of  operating while intoxicated, OWI causing injury, possession of drug paraphernalia (a pipe), hit and run, and obstructing an officer.

According to police reports:

Police were called at 3:25 p.m. Thursday about an accident on Barker Road at River Road near . A vehicle, driven by the 18-year-old, was southbound on Barker when it crossed the center line and hit a northbound vehicle, driven by a 54-year-old Sussex woman.

The woman was taken to an area hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Teen threw half-case of beer into woods

Witnesses saw the teenager pull a half-case of beer from his vehicle and throw it in nearby woods before driving north on Barker in his damaged car. The car didn't make it far; he had to pull it over behind at Barker and Capitol, and then he ran across Barker Road, fleeing into the marsh.

set up a perimeter, used a public address system to call him to come out and would catch an occasional glimpse of him. The brought a ladder truck with bucket, and the Butler police canine unit was requested.

By the time the canine arrived, however, the police sergeant in the raised bucket had directed officers where to arrest him, which occurred without further incident.

Also responding were Town of Brookfield police and Waukesha County sheriff deputies contracted for the City of Pewaukee, Adlam said.

The man's blood-alcohol level was not yet known; authorities took a blood draw to determine it.

And the half-case of beer ditched in the woods? When officers recovered it, "it was still cool," Adlam said.

KAY KRISTIN June 08, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I knew when I heard the police call for the ladder truck, it would be over for the kid...You can run...but you can't hide...
Stacy Salzman June 11, 2012 at 01:37 PM
It was nice to see the eye-witnesses stay with the situation and not turn a blind eye to the teen who fled. there were many calls into 911 on this with lots of detail. Good community effort to catch him!
Jim B June 13, 2012 at 08:45 PM
thank goodness that john carlson was there to show the police where the perp was and when they found him, john went in the swamp and dragged him out. Once again thank the lord for John Carlson!!!!

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