Pewaukee man charged with severely injuring jogger
Waukesha – A 21-year-old Village of Pewaukee man, convicted last year in a major heroin ring, was charged this afternoon with driving under the influence of heroin Sunday morning and his vehicle hitting and severely injuring a 44-year-old jogger.
Thomas A. Brinkman of 516 Park Ave. was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with reckless driving causing great bodily harm and operating while intoxicated causing injury. This is Brinkman’s second arrest for drunken driving.
The victim, Gregory Phelps, 44, of the Village of Pewaukee, was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa with severe injuries.
According to the criminal complaint, Brinkman was driving on Capitol Drive when witnesses saw Brinkman’s vehicle hit a curb and hit Phelps, who was jogging on the north side of Capitol Drive near Ormsby Street. Phelps apparently flew onto the hood of the vehicle as the vehicle’s windshield was damaged considerably.
Phelps was bleeding profusely from a large cut to the back of his head, and also may have had broken ribs. According to police, Phelp’s wife told them that hospital personnel informed her that Phelps had severe brain swelling ,and surgeons removed a clot from his brain.
Brinkman was sentenced in Circuit Court in May 2009 to 3-1/2 years in prison followed by 2-1/2 years of extended supervision on a felony count of manufacture/delivery of heroin. Brinkman was released earlier this year from prison as he was determined not to be a violent offender, according to police.
Brinkman was one of 27 people arrested in July 2008 for a heroin ring that stretched from Chicago to Milwaukee and into Waukesha County.
Court Commissioner Martin Binn ordered Brinkman held on $10,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
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