Milwaukee, WI- A highly intoxicated driver led law enforcement officers on a high speed chase through the streets of Milwaukee late Monday night which culminated in a violent crash that left one deputy seriously injured.
When officers saw a vehicle traveling the wrong way on Mayfair Road they began to pursue the driver, according to NBC News. With three patrol cars trailing behind him, Kevin Hutchins, reached speeds up to 109 mph and led the pursuit through a construction zone on and onto Highway 41. Hutchins wild ride ended after 7 miles
Hutchins continued the pursuit until he attempted to change lanes and crashed into a concrete barrier. His car went airborne and flew back and slammed into one of the patrol cars and damaged the second patrol car.
Dashcam footage which can be seen NBC shows Hutchins’ car ramming into a concrete lane divider. After the impact his late model sedan can be seen flying into the air almost parallel to the road and blowing back towards the lead patrol car before striking it, leaving the deputy injured and the car totaled.
Footage from the other patrol cars shows a cloud of concrete and car debris flying into the air and falling onto the second and third patrol cars. Throughout the pursuit, Hutchins car can be seen putting many lives at risk by flying through intersections, cutting of tractor-trailers and nearly missed other collisions.
The arrest report said Hutchins was “uncooperative, belligerent and verbally abusive to the deputies and the Milwaukee Fire Department emergency responders,” at the scene. He was also a total jerk at the hospital and scratched a hospital nurse so hard he drew her blood.
Police noticed he smelled of alcohol and placed him under arrest for operating under the influence. And as is typical of drunk driving accidents, Hutchins walked away without any personal injuries but he will have a huge price to pay since he injured a law enforcement officer and jeopardized the lives of others.
Hutchins was charged with reckless endangerment, battery, fleeing an officer, resisting arrest and obstructing justice. If convicted of the charges Hutchins faces up to 32 years in prison.
Hutchins marked the 1,000th repeat DUI arrest for the Wisconsin which prompted lawmakers to call for stricter DUI laws with enhanced penalties.
“It’s pretty disturbing what you see. Sometimes the drunk drivers that are driving like that — they’ll hit an innocent driver,” State Rep. Jim Ott (R – Mequon) told Fox 6.
The proposed law changes include requiring first offenders appear before a judge. The “Super Drunk” bill would make driving with a BAC of .015 and above a criminal misdemeanor. An additional bill would make a third DUI offense a felony and require a jail sentence of 25 to 30 years if a person is killed or seriously injured.
If lawmakers are successful in toughening up the DUI laws it would make it even more critical for the offender to retain a DUI attorney and help them avoid the harsher penalties.