Asleep behind the wheel, man crashed into two cars, DA says

Tommy Hines asleep behind the wheel

STURTEVANT – A report from another driver that someone had fallen asleep behind the wheel at a stop light led to a car chase and series of crashes on May 16.

The Racine County District Attorney’s Office filed a 44-count criminal complaint against Tommy Hines, 21, of Milwaukee, outlining charges related to the crash. He is charged with eight counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety, two counts of hit and run causing injury, one count of hit and run of an attended vehicle, attempting to flee or elude an officer, operating with a revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia, and 29 counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

According to the criminal complaint, a Sturtevant Police officer found the vehicle with the driver who had reportedly fallen asleep, but when the officer got behind the vehicle, the driver sped off, crossing the centerline to go around traffic.

The officer reported Hines drove west on Durand Avenue, going about 80 mph, turned north on Renaissance Boulevard, and went through the red light at the intersection with Highway 20. The chase continued, at speeds around 100 mph, with Hines ending up driving south on highway H, where police say he crossed the centerline to go around traffic and struck another vehicle as he attempted to re-enter his lane of traffic.

Hines’ vehicle struck a Ford Ranger, causing the truck to crash into the ditch where construction workers were present. After that crash, Hines’ vehicle collided with a Chevy Equinox, injuring the driver.

Hines failed to stop after these crashes, according to the complaint, and continued to drive, next colliding with a Dodge Durango.

Eventually, Hines stopped due to damage to his vehicle from the crashes.

The complaint states that Hines admitted smoking marijuana earlier that day. A blood sample is out for testing. Hines has open charges in Waukesha County for driving without a license and driving while impaired with a minor passenger.

Hines is in custody on a $50,000 cash bond, and is due in court May 23 for a preliminary hearing.


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