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Icy Road Inspires Unusual Driving Technique

A driver explains to police why he was going 51 mph in a 35 mph zone, then circled a funeral home with an officer behind him.

Icy Road Inspires Unusual Driving Technique

A Waukesha man had a perfectly good explanation for why he was driving 51 mph in a 35-mph zone in Brookfield earlier this month.

It was icy, and he told police was concerned about applying the brakes, according to a report that noted he was arrested for drunken driving, second offense.

At 1:02 a.m. Feb. 9, after an officer parked and running radar clocked him at 51 mph, according to a police report.

When the officer tried to pull the driver over, he just kept going and then turned into the parking lot at Beck-Ritter Funeral Home, 14075 W. North Ave. As the officer continued pursuing, the man kept on without slowing down, and drove once all the way around the building, finally stopping back at the entrance.

The man's driver's license was revoked. When asked why he was speeding, he said he was going fast because of the slippery, icy conditions — he was worried about applying the brakes.

The man had lacerations on hands, glassy, bloodshot eyes, and he admitted to drinking — a little.

While he was performing sobriety tests, a second officer went to interview the suspect's passenger, a 23-year-old Brookfield man. He proved to be quite argumentative, wouldn’t tell officers who he was, and wouldn’t get out of the car when ordered.

He was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer. Police found an open 12-pack of beer in car with six unopened cans left. The driver failed sobriety tests and blew a .13 BAC.

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