Mount Pleasant police say a 35-year-old man left a personal injury attorney’s office, and faked getting hit by an elderly driver in the parking lot.
Demetrius Cannon, of Racine, was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count each of disorderly conduct/crime against the elderly and obstruction. If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison and/or up to $11,000 in fines.
He did not appear in court Wednesday, according to court records, but Cannon did post bail prior to his court date.
According to the criminal complaint, Cannon was leaving the offices of Habush, Habush & Rottier, 5439 Durand Avenue, Dec. 8, 2015, when he said he was hit by a car driven by a 91-year-old man. Cannon told police he tried to jump out of the way, “jimmying like Barry Sanders,” when he was struck in his right leg.
Officers say surveillance video tells a different story, clearly depicting Cannon standing next to the man’s car, then hurrying to get behind it where his left leg would have been struck instead of his right leg. Witnesses also reported that Cannon was looking around before positioning himself behind the man’s car and diving to the ground as the man reversed.
Court records do not yet indicate if a warrant has been issued for his arrest after missing his initial appearance Wednesday.