Friday, September 7, 2012

Salmon Charged In Drunk Driving Crash That Injured Milwaukee Police Officer

Erin M. Salmon and Joshua Albert

Drunk driver facing 22 years in prison, if convicted.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 7, 2012

Milwaukee, WI - On Friday, a Milwaukee County judge set a $5,000 cash bond for Erin M. Salmon, 23, of Milwaukee who is charged with two felony counts for 2nd-degree reckless endangering safety and injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Besides being charged with several felonies, Salmon was cited for OWI-1st time, going the wrong way on a divided highway, driving without head lights and reckless driving, including causing endangerment while driving, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department.
Currently, Salmon continues in critical condition and is suffering from multiple injuries, including a broken ankle from a freeway crash caused by her while she was intoxicated. 
Salmon is also handcuffed to her hospital bed. She must surrender to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department within 24 hours for booking after being released from the hospital, according to the judge's order.
Salmon is facing at least 22 years in prison, if convicted on both charges.
On early Wednesday, off-duty Milwaukee Police Officer Joshua Albert, 31, was injured when Salmon crashed into Albert on I-94. Officer Albert had just finished his shift and was heading home after midnight along I-94 near the 35th Street exit when Salmon going the wrong way on the freeway without headlights struck Albert's vehicle head-on.
Salmon and Albert were critically injured in the crash. Emergency crews had to use Jaws of Life to extract both victims from their mangled vehicles at the scene. They were taken to Froedtert Hospital where they remain in critical condition as of Friday, according to the Milwaukee Police.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office reported that so far, there have been at least 20 wrong way accidents in the county freeway system this year.

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