A 28-year-old Milwaukee man was charged last week with numerous felonies for allegedly stealing a truck full of liquor parked outside a Hartland Piggly Wiggly.
Edward D. Campbell was charged Sept. 11 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with vehicle theft, property theft (value exceeds $10,000), eluding an officer, resisting an officer and four counts of hit-and-run.
According to the criminal complaint:
Hartland police were dispatched at 7:20 a.m. Sept. 10 to the Piggly Wiggly at 505 Cottonwood Ave., Hartland, after receiving reports of a theft.
Kevin Schroeter, a delivery driver for Capitol Husting Co., told police that his work truck, filled with more than $23,000 in liquor, had been stolen from the location.
The truck, believed to be driven by Campbell, was spotted by a witness heading east on Interstate 94 near Highway F in Pewaukee. Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputies confirmed the spotting and began pursuing the truck, which was traveling at 10 mph in heavy traffic.
The truck moved onto the road's shoulder and sped up to 35 or 45 mph after police began their pursuit, the complaint states. The officers tailed the vehicle as it swerved to avoid traffic exiting onto Barker Road in Brookfield, and then shifting across lanes to the median shoulder. The truck maintained speeds of 65 mph even after running over spike strips laid by a deputy.
The vehicle stopped shortly after slamming into four cars at the Moorland Road off-ramp. Campbell allegedly pulled the vehicle into a nearby yard and took off on foot.
Campbell was eventually arrested after he was found trying to scale a 7-foot chain-link fence. An officer complained of a knee injury as a result of the chase.
Also in the complaint:
Campbell said in a statement to police that he was eating in Delafield with a friend when an unknown man approached him and gave him the keys to the truck.
He said the man told him and his friend to follow him in the truck down to Milwaukee. However, he could not remember several details about the incident.
If convicted, Campbell could face more than 18 years in prison and $55,000 in fines if convicted.
He is being held in Waukesha County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond. He is next expected to appear in court Friday.
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