An Oconomowoc man reportedly sped away from police at 85 mph after an officer tried to pull him over for speeding earlier this month.
As a result, Christopher Millard, 19, was charged Tuesday, April 18 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer, obstructing an officer and four felony counts of bail jumping. He was ordered held the same day on a $10,000 cash bond, court records show.
According to a criminal complaint, an officer clocked Millard driving 51 mph in a 25 mph zone along East Wisconsin Avenue around 11:07 p.m. Monday, April 17. The officer activated his emergency lights and Millard sped up, the complaint said.
Millard turned onto Highway 67, quickly performed an illegal u-turn over a median – likely puncturing at least one of the car's tires – turned onto Lisbon Road and later came to an abrupt stop on Winterberry Road, according to the complaint.
After he stopped the car, which had been spewing sparks since the u-turn, Millard reportedly took off running.
A police officer spoke to two passengers in Millard's car shortly after he ditched the vehicle, and one of them, according to the complaint, told the officer that once Millard saw the officer activate his squad car lights he told his passengers "We're going to be in a chase."
Millard was arrested a short time later, the complaint said, and had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 – more than twice the legal limit. He was cited for his first operating while intoxicated offense.
Millard's case is one of two recent high-speed police pursuits in the city that have resulted in felony charges. Braden Steger, who reportedly sped away from officers at 105 mph, is the other driver.
He's scheduled to enter a plea in his case on June 14.