Charged: Alleged drunk, wrong-way driver accused in 2 crashes with son in backseat

Terry Zastrow

OAK CREEK -- A 46-year-old Milwaukee man has been criminally charged -- accused of driving drunk on the wrong side of the road and hitting two vehicles head-on -- one of them a squad car. And that's not all. Police say the man's four-year-old son was in the back seat.

46-year-old Terry Zastrow is facing the following charges:

  • First degree recklessly endangering safety
  • Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated -- 3rd offense, with a minor child in the vehicle
  • Operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, 3rd offense, with minor child in the vehicle
  • Child neglect (misdemeanor)
  • Endangering safety by use of dangerous weapon (under the influence of intoxicant)
  • Carrying a concealed weapon

According to the criminal complaint, just after midnight on Sunday, October 8th officers were dispatched to a report of a wrong-way driver traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Ryan Road at 27th Street.

Upon arrival, police observed a wrong-way vehicle, a 2012 Chevrolet Impala, strike another vehicle head-on. The Impala, driven by Terry Zastrow, then continued traveling the wrong way, striking a light pole in the median, knocking it over. Zastrow continued driving, coming to a brief stop in the intersection at 13th Street and Ryan Road.

After the vehicle briefly stopped with the officer's marked squad with its lights and sirens activated behind it, it entered the intersection and continued the wrong-way on Ryan Road. Once through the intersection, Zastrow headed directly toward an officers' marked squad -- which was traveling the correct way on Ryan Road. Zastrow struck the squad head-on.

 

With the suspect vehicle inoperable and surrounded, Zastrow complied with officers' commands. As they approached and opened the door, they found Zastrow's four-year-old boy in a booster seat.

"Please look after my son. He's like, crying," Zastrow says in the dash cam video.

Police say a gun was found in Zastrow's front pocket, and another loaded weapon was located in the glove compartment. Police said Zastrow doesn't have a concealed carry permit.

Police say the Zastrow told them he was coming from his divorce attorney's house, and a preliminary breath test returned a reading of .21. He indicated he was drinking mixed drinks and having "one to two beverages an hour."

Zastrow's son is said to have suffered only minor bumps and bruises.

He made his initial appearance in court in this case on October 16th. A preliminary hearing was set for October 26th. Cash bond was set at $2,100.