MADISON, Wisconsin (`) – A man accused of driving an SUV through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin hit people head-on, ran them over while they were on the ground, and at one point leaned out of his window to close tax because someone landed on his windshield blocking his view, prosecutors alleged on Wednesday in a criminal complaint that brought dozens of new charges against him.
Darrell Brooks Jr. drove the Ford Escape five blocks down the parade route in the Waukesha suburb of Milwaukee on Nov. 21, killing six people and injuring dozens more, according to the lawsuit. It cited police estimates that the SUV reached speeds of up to 25 mph and said some people landed on the hood with Brooks carrying it with him.
“All of the victims killed and most of the injured were clearly visible in the middle of the street,” the ad said. “(The street) was clearly closed to traffic, there were barricades and the police were present to guide drivers along the entire length of the parade route.”
Just minutes before driving through the parade, Brooks beat up his child’s mother for failing to get him out of jail a few days earlier after he was arrested for running over her in the same SUV, the ad said.
Prosecutors charged Brooks with six murder cases two days after the parade. They added 71 new charges against him on Wednesday, including multiple incidents of reckless exposure, hit and run with death, battery and bail jumping. He is due to appear for a preliminary court hearing on Friday, the step in the criminal trial where a judge decides whether there is enough evidence to go on trial.
Brooks’ ex-girlfriend told investigators he broke his leg when he ran her over in early November. He left prison two days before the parade after putting $ 1,000 on bail.
The woman told investigators that she met Brooks in a Waukesha park on the day of the parade and got into the SUV, where they argued about why she hadn’t released him from prison. He turned her around, steered with one hand and slapped her face with the other, according to the ad submitted on Wednesday.
Minutes after she got out of the SUV, according to the display, he drove into the parade.
The ex-girlfriend added that the Escape belonged to Brooks’ mother, but he lived in the vehicle.
After walking through the parade, Brooks drove through a back yard, the complaint said. He left the SUV and asked a homeowner to help him. The police arrested him in this house.
Brooks’ attorney, Public Defender Jeremy Perri, did not respond to a message asking for comment.
Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm has been heavily criticized for allowing his office to fix Brooks’ bail at $ 1,000 in the case of domestic violence. Chisholm had said this was a mistake by an overworked assistant prosecutor who had never seen an assessment of the dangers Brooks could pose to the community, as the assessment was never entered into the prosecutor’s computer system.
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