Germantown police pull over elderly driver on I41 following slow-speed incident | By Chief Peter Hoell


Jan. 30, 2018 – Germantown, WI – On Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at approximately 5:23 p.m., Germantown Communications received multiple calls of a possible impaired driver southbound I-41 from Holy Hill Road. Witnesses reported that a blue pickup truck was traveling at a slow rate of speed, weaving across all three lanes of traffic. The truck possibly hit the center median cables in the vicinity of Holy Hill Road.

Witnesses reported some semi-trucks in the vicinity of the incident attempted to box in the suspect vehicle.

A Germantown Officer located the suspect vehicle on I-41 southbound and attempted to initiate a traffic stop by activating emergency lights and siren on his squad car. The suspect vehicle would not stop, and continued southbound on I-41 as officers followed behind with emergency lights and sirens activated. The suspect vehicle struck the center median cables near Lannon Road/STH 167 East and lost the front driver’s side tire.

The vehicle continued southbound on I-41 on three tires at above highway speeds with sparks emitting from the tire rim that was in direct contact with the highway. Officers were unable to safely deploy tire deflation devices due to the erratic driving of the suspect vehicle.

The suspect vehicle finally stopped on I-41 southbound in the vicinity of Main Street in Menomonee Falls. The driver was taken into custody with the assistance of Menomonee Falls Police Department.

The investigation currently indicates the 70 year-old driver from Illinois was having a diabetic reaction while driving. Menomonee Falls Ambulance responded to the scene to transport the driver to Community Memorial Hospital for treatment. The driver had an expired Illinois license. He will be cited for operating without a valid license, and a driver condition report will be submitted. Additional enforcement action might be taken at the conclusion of the investigation.

No further information can be released at this time, including squad video, due to the pending investigation.

GTPD incident 18-1578.


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