Man Charged With Driving Wrong Way on Freeway at 100 MPH

Police say a deputy trying to catch up with the suspect had to reach 100 mph in order to drive parallel to him as he drove on from Milwaukee toward Racine-Milwaukee county line.

A 21-year-old Brookfield man is accused of driving the wrong way down I-43/I-94 Saturday morning, leading Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputies on a chase to near the Racine County line to catch up with him.

Joshua P. Klawikowski was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Wednesday with one count of second-degree reckless endangerment of safety. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

Early Saturday morning, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department began receiving numerous calls about a person driving south in the northbound lanes of I-43, just south of downtown. Officers used traffic cameras to find the car and saw it as it continued heading south the wrong way all the way through the Mitchell Interchange.

As the car approached West Rawson Avenue, a deputy in the southbound lanes went to drive parallel to the car in order to get the attention of the driver, reaching speeds of 100 mph. Klawikowski continued driving south, passing another sheriff’s deputy heading northbound and forcing cars to swerve out of the way.

Klawikowski then did a U-turn south of Ryan Road in Oak Creek, and began to drive north. A deputy found him just south of College Avenue and pulled him over.

Klawikowski was the only person in the car and ordered out to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. Deputies asked Klawikowski if her knew where he was and he looked at a nearby Amtrak sign and said he was at the Amtrak station.

Klawikowski was arrested at 2:30 a.m. and an Intoximeter test given to him an hour later showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.18, which is more than twice the legal limit to drive in Wisconsin.

Klawikowski is currently being held in Milwaukee County Jail while awaiting trial. 

Bryanna Livingston November 15, 2012 at 03:53 PM
It becomes a serious problem when citizens in the neighborhood are intoxicated and endangering hundreds of people's lives. its truly a shame.
Dirk November 15, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Bush's fault.....or I mean Romney.
Mike in OC November 15, 2012 at 04:46 PM
There needs to be more taxi cab's allowed and operating in the City of Milwaukee and surrounding communities....
Avenging Angel November 15, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Between drinking and cell phones, the road has become a dangerous place.
Olivia Fallon November 15, 2012 at 06:21 PM
This article really made me realize i need to be more aware of drivers around me that even if i am choosing to drive safe i could still get hurt from people on the road near me!


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