UPDATE: Davis’ attorney requested a competency evaluation for Davis. A hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. April 10.
ORIGINAL STORY: A 38-year-old Sturtevant man is facing serious charges after Racine County Sheriff’s deputies say he drove in reverse against traffic Sunday on I-94.
Joel Tyler Davis was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Monday with one felony count of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety. If convicted, he faces up to 12-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, deputies were monitoring traffic on I-94 hear 6-1/2-Mile Road when they observed a vehicle in the northbound lanes of the expressway traveling in reverse at a high rate of speed. The white reverse lights were clearly visible, but the situation grew increasingly dangerous because the ups and downs of the roadway restricted motorists’ view and ability to avoid an accident.
Officers say the driver – later identified as Davis – was traveling half in the right lane and half on the shoulder until he got to the northbound on-ramp at Highway G. He jerked the steering wheel so the car turned, and he accelerated up the ramp. An accident with an on-coming vehicle was avoided only because that driver swerved out of the way. Davis finished exiting the expressway and continued west on Highway G.
Deputies initiated a traffic stop, and Davis immediately complied, the complaint reads. The defendant exited the vehicle and advanced on the deputy with his fists balled and “a thousand-yard stare,” causing the officer to pull their gun and force Davis to the ground. The defendant was taken into custody without any further incident.
Davis remains in the Racine County Jail on a $20,000 cash bond. His preliminary hearing is March 18.