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Man Charged After Running Over Firefighter With Car

Man Charged After Running Over Firefighter With Car

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via YellowBrix

February 16, 2010

PEWAUKEE – A Pewaukee man was charged with a felony Saturday after authorities said he struck a firefighter with his Mercedes-Benz while trying to drive through a traffic wreck scene.

Chris A. Younger, 37, was charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety in connection with the incident Thursday. Firefighters said he tried to drive around an area blocked by traffic cones at a traffic crash at the corner of N. Holton St. and W. Keefe Ave.

According to the criminal complaint:

Firefighters said they told Younger to stop his vehicle, but Younger told one firefighter “I’m going through here.” Younger pulled forward and struck firefighter Terry Saugstad in the knee. He then backed up and drove off as other firefighters jumped out of the way.

Younger told investigators that he was impatient because he wanted to stop at a nearby McDonald’s to pick up a soda before getting on the highway to head to a business meeting.

He told investigators he remembers a firefighter pounding on his window and telling him to get out of his car. Then he remembers a firefighter saying, “He hit my partner.”

If convicted of the felony, Younger could face 10 years imprisonment and a $25,000 fine.