A 32-year-old Hartland motorcyclist was charged Tuesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with second-degree reckless endangerment and attempting to flee an officer, allegedly having led police on a late-night, high-speed chase on Interstate 94 in Brookfield.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputy was monitoring traffic speed just west of Sunny Slope Road in Brookfield on Tuesday night. He said that about 12:45 a.m. a Honda motorcycle traveling west sped past him at 91 miles per hour.
The officer pulled out behind the motorcycle, which was carrying two people, and turned on his emergency lights. The motorcyclist, later identified as Bradley J. Peters, immediately accelerated, exceeding the squad vehicle's maximum speed of 135 miles per hour.
The officer tried to keep up with Peters, and another squad car joined the pursuit just east of Calhoun Road. The motorcyclist stopped only after almost crashing into a third squad car, which was waiting at the base of the Barker Road off-ramp.
The complaint goes on to state the passenger and Peters were immediately handcuffed. An officer noted that the passenger, identified as Maria Ward, was visibly shaking and crying. She said that she was extremely fearful for her safety during the pursuit and tried to make Peters stop by digging her nails into his thighs. She said that the speedometer said they were traveling at 156 mph when they were near Brookfield Road.
Peters told police while being taken to the sheriff's department that he had gotten into a disagreement with Ward and "it got into his chest a little bit," the complaint states.
Peters' cash bond was set at $5,000 at an initial court appearance Tuesday. If convicted, he could face more than 13 years in prison and $35,000 in fines.
His next expected court date is Sept. 4.
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