MILWAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) — A Milwaukee man accused in a crash involving a school bus that occurred near 60th and Carmen back in 2012 has had his case resolved. Police say 31-year-old Derrick Walker was fleeing a traffic officer at the time of the crash.
Walker was initially charged with fleeing/eluding an officer – causing bodily harm.
That charge was amended to resisting or obstructing an officer.
In court on Monday, March 30th, 2015, it was determined that Walker has complied with his deferred prosecution agreement. He was convicted on the resisting or obstructing an officer charge, and he was sentenced to serve two days in the House of Correction, with credit for two days served.
He must pay court costs and $282 in restitution.
Police say Walker was driving in the area of 64th Street and Carmen Avenue when an officer’s squad equipment detected a license plate violation on his vehicle.
Authorities say when the officer attempted to pull over Walker, he accelerated away from the officer at a high rate of speed — running a stop sign at N. 64th and W. Carmen. The officer says he did not pursue the driver further for safety reasons.
Shortly after the pursuit ended a collision occurred between Walker and a school bus near N. 60th and Carmen. When the officer arrived on the scene, the fleeing vehicle was smashed into a tree and the front end of the school bus was smashed into a house.
The school bus driver told officials that he was traveling on 60th Street when a speeding vehicle ran a stop sign at the intersection and struck the school bus, forcing the bus off the road and into the house.
Following the collision, Walker fled the scene on foot.
After further investigation police tracked down Walker and took him into custody. Walker told police he fled the officer because he had no license or insurance.
No one was injured in the crash.