Driver accused of killing marchers at Waukesha parade was out on bail following charges of ramming car into a woman

Police tape around site of suv crash in wisconcin
Police tape seen in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on November 21, 2021. Jim Vondruska/Getty Images
  • Darrell Brooks, accused of driving into parade crowds, was already on bail on several charges.
  • One charge, from early November, accused him of driving a car into a woman. 
  • Brooks was bailed for this after paying a $US1,000 ($AU1,375) bond, which has since been called “inappropriately low.”

The man suspected of driving a SUV into marchers at a Wisconsin Christmas parade was already on bail on suspicion of running a car into a woman, according to the Associated Press (AP)

Darrell Brooks was detained by police after the incident on Sunday afternoon, where a red Ford Escape barreled through the crowd, killing five people and injuring at least 48 more.

The driver “intentionally” hit the crowds, Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson told a press briefing Monday, where Brooks was named as the suspect. 

Thompson adding that two of those injured were children left in a critical condition. He said that police would seek five charges of first-degree intentional homicide, the AP reported.

A close-up jail booking photo of Darrell Brooks.
Darrell Brooks’ mug shot for Milwaukee County Jail in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 3, 2021. Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office/Handout via Reuters

Brooks had, minutes before the incident, been in a domestic dispute, Thompson said.

On Sunday, Brooks was on bail over earlier charges, posted November 5, that included recklessly endangering safety, battery, bail jumping and domestic abuse, court records show.

According to the AP, that case includes the allegation that he deliberately hit a woman with his car after a dispute. 

Brooks was released on a $US1,000 ($AU1,375) bond over those charges. Since Sunday’s deadly incident, the Wisconsin District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that the bail was “inappropriately low” and that it would be reviewing its procedures.

A local politician alleged that the woman in question was Brooks’ girlfriend.

Republican state Rep. Cindi Duchow told the AP: “He tried to run over his girlfriend with his car — that’s attempted murder. If you’re a danger to society, you should have to work hard to get out.”

Brooks’ case is still open on this charge and he has not been found guilty.