An 18-year-old Racine man failed to stop for the police and he ended up on the wrong side of a gun after he decided to run from a Caledonia Police officer.

Joseph Brumfield Jr., 18, of Racine, was charged with second degree recklessly endangering safety, repeater, and attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer, repeater. If convicted of both charges, Brumfield faces up to 15 years, six months in prison and/or fined up to $35,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Brumfield — who only had an instructional permit — committed a traffic violation. When officers from the Caledonia Police Department tried to stop Brumfield, he refused to stop. Driving the car at speeds of up to 75 mph in a 35 mph zone, the car “spun out of control and struck a traffic sign” when it entered the S-turn in the 2800 block of N. Green Bay Road.

A passenger got out of the car. She refused to give information to the officers. 

Brumfield ran away towards the Root River Parkway and found him in the water near the boat launch. Held at gunpoint, he was taken into police custody. While receiving treatment for his injuries at the hospital, Brumfield apologized to the officers. He explained that knew he was not supposed to be driving and he got scared.

An initial appearance has been set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner John Bjelajac. 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.