Tuesday, April 26, 2011

OWI 22-year-old Undocumented Driver Held In Wrong Way I-894 And Loomis Road Accident

Joel Julian-Jorge

A Greenfield police officer had stopped the OWI suspect minutes before getting into an accident and Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office confirmed OWI driver undocumented.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 26, 2011

Greenfield, Wisconsin - On Tuesday, the Greenfield Police Department confirmed that an officer on Monday had pulled over Joel Julian Jorge, 22, on S. 76th Street for a traffic violation just minutes before he went the wrong way on the I-43/894 freeway. The officer was checking Jorge's ID and auto information when he saw another vehicle go the wrong way on a street. Just before the officer began to pursue the other driver, he ordered Jorge to stay parked until he returned.
Jorge took advantage of the moment and fled the scene. He ended up going the wrong way as well and caused a head-on collision on the freeway.
Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies arrested Jorge after causing an accident along I-894/43 and Highway36, Loomis Road ramp. Jorge was traveling eastbound on westbound I-894 lane around 1:00 a.m. when he got into a head-on collision with an SUV going West. 
An unidentified 18-year-old passenger in Jorge's vehicle had to be rescued by firefighters using Jaws of Life to remove mangled metal obstructing his removal from the auto. An SUV driver was also rescued and Jorge including the two victims of the accident were taken to Froedtert Hospital. All are expected to survive.
Jorge was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving at the hospital and the sheriff's office has alleged that open bottles of an alcohol content were found in his vehicle. Jorge's blood alcohol concentration was 0.19, more than twice the legal limit allowed to drive, according to the criminal complaint. He is considered undocumented and illegally in the country.
He is facing several charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) and causing bodily harm while OWI. Sheriff investigators are looking into Jorge's encounter with a Greenfield police officer during a traffic stop before the accident occured. No further comment was released from the sheriff's office.
A hold was placed on Jorge by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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