VIDEO: Fleeing Motorist Drives Down Sidewalk Before Jumping Into River
Wauwatosa, WI – A high-speed pursuit through a quiet residential neighborhood ended with the suspect ran out into the Menomonee River (video below).
The incident began at approximately 12:30 a.m. on March 20, when an officer spotted a vehicle traveling the River Hills area with expired license plates, WITI reported.
The driver, later identified as 33-year-old Andre Binns, refused to pull over, and led the officer on a brief high-speed chase.
The pursuit was ultimately terminated at the command of a supervising officer.
But approximately 10 minutes later, Binns’ vehicle was spotted driving erratically in Wauwatosa, near Capitol Drive and Mayfair Road.
Binns again refused to pull over, and blew through red lights before he drove his Chevrolet Equinox over a pedestrian bridge, WISN reported.
Officers pursued Binns as he drove down a sidewalk and swerved towards an oncoming patrol vehicle.
The suspect drove over a set of stop sticks at 12:43 a.m., and at least one of his tires was deflated.
Smoke filled the air while he continued to flee from police, and officers soon realized that the suspect was heading for the Menomonee River.
Binns abandoned his SUV in the brush at the river’s edge, then ran out into the water.
Police chased after him, and were eventually able to convince him to come out of the river and surrender, WITI reported.
Officers said that Binns was traveling in excess of 90 miles per hour during the seven-mile chase, dashcam footage showed.
He was arrested on charges of recklessly endangering safety and two counts of attempting to flee or elude a police officer, WITI reported.
Binns pleaded not guilty in April, and is due back in court on June 20.
You can watch dashcam footage of the officers’ pursuit with Binns in the video below.