Man found hiding in dumpster after fleeing from police

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A 43-year-old man has been arrested after fleeing from deputies during a freeway pursuit and crashing the vehicle into a tree on Thursday morning, November 21st.

The incident took place just before 9:30 a.m. on I-894 near Oklahoma Ave. Eugenio Hernandez was pursued by a deputy after being observed weaving lane to lane and side-swiping a semi.

The driver refused to stop and the deputy was informed that the man was driving a stolen vehicle. Additional deputies responded to assist.

Officials located the vehicle crashed into a tree and abandoned at S. 63rd and Orchard Streets. Witnesses informed deputies that the suspect had fled on foot.

A deputy and a detective found Hernandez hiding inside a dumpster one block east of the crash site.

Eugenio Hernandez

Eugenio Hernandez

The suspect was taken to Froedtert Hospital after complaining of neck and back pain. A blood draw was taken to determine if the man was intoxicated.

Hernandez has two prior convictions for operating a vehicle without owner’s consent. The Sheriff’s Office is looking to charge Hernandez with felony charges of recklessly endangering safety and fleeing/eluding officers.