A 26-year-old Brookfield man was charged with several misdemeanors on Feb. 5 after he rolled his vehicle on Interstate 94 and then allegedly tried to hide from police in a bystander’s back seat with a loaded semiautomatic pistol.
Zachary P. Iller, 14465 Lindsay Drive in Brookfield, was charged on Feb. 5 in the Waukesha County Circuit Court with possession of a firearm while intoxicated, obstructing an officer and drunken driving, second offense. Iller was previously convicted of drunken driving in May 2007.
According to the criminal complaint:
The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of an accident on I-94 westbound near the CTH F/Redford Boulevard exit at approximately 2 a.m. on Feb. 5.
A vehicle allegedly driven by Iller was heavily damaged, its windows shattered and the contents expelled. A second vehicle, operated by Ryan Tentoni, was parked nearby with its hazard lights on.
Tentoni told police the vehicle had shot past him going approximately 80 or 90 miles per hour. The driver apparently tried to exit onto Redford Boulevard, he said, but lost control of the vehicle, rolling it three or four times before crashing into a tree.
He then whispered to the officer that he needed help; the alleged operator of the vehicle was hiding in his car.
Police looked into Tentoni’s vehicle and found Iller laying in the back seat with a cut bleeding on his forehead.
The defendant allegedly admitted to police he had been drinking “a little.”
Tentoni said when he came across the scene, the defendant seemed “anxious and frantic,” with his face covered in blood. Iller allegedly grabbed his back pack and jumped into Tentoni’s vehicle, demanding a ride home before police arrived.
While the defendant was being questioned, he allegedly blurted out: “I have a gun.” Police then restrained the man and asked him where the gun was located.
A loaded semiautomatic handgun was found in Tentoni’s car. Officers decided against administering a field sobriety test because of safety concerns and the defendant was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for a blood test.
If convicted, Iller could face more than a year in prison, $20,000 in fines, or both.
His next expected court date is Feb. 7.