Driver accused of hitting Port man after confrontation

Waukesha man who witnesses said was acting suspiciously faces felonies
By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

A 42-year-old man who witnesses said “came barreling toward” them in his sport utility vehicle after they confronted him about acting suspiciously outside a Port Washington apartment complex last week has been charged with hitting and injuring one of them.

Waukesha resident Jeffry Walker Jr., who according to court records is free on bail in connection with two Waukesha County court cases, is charged in Ozaukee County with reckless driving causing injury and two counts of bail jumping, all felonies, and one misdemeanor count of hit and run causing injury.

According to the criminal complaint, a man told police he and a group of fellow tenants were gathered around a bonfire outside their apartment building in the 100 block of E. Prospect Court at about 10 p.m. Friday, July 27, when they noticed a man acting suspiciously. Witnesses said they were concerned because there was a reported burglary at the same building the night before.

When the tenants confronted the man, who was later identified as Walker, he ran toward an SUV and got in the driver’s seat, the complaint states. One of two men standing near the vehicle got in the passenger’s seat.

A man said that as he and other tenants approached the vehicle, it “came barreling toward everyone without stopping,” made a U-turn on a dead-end street, then sped back toward them, according to the complaint. The man said he tried to jump out of the way but was hit by the vehicle’s side mirror.

The SUV sped away, but one of the tenants was able see the licence plate and gave the number to police, who stopped the vehicle heading south on I-43 in Grafton.

Walker told police he picked a man up in Milwaukee and dropped him off at the apartment building. Insisting he didn’t hit anyone with his vehicle, Walker instead said the man who claimed he was struck punched his side mirror, the complaint states.

Walker was charged in Waukesha County in May with second-offense possession of cocaine. A month later, he was charged with bail jumping. In both cases, he was freed in lieu of $500 bail. 

In Ozaukee County last week, Judge Paul Malloy set Walker’s bail at $2,000.

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