A West Milwaukee woman with mental health issues is facing charges after reports state she wouldn’t stop for a Muskego police officer, then had to have her car windows broken and be taken out of the car with an electronic control device.
Bonnie A. Miller, 49, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Monday with one count of failure to obey a traffic signal and one count of resisting an officer. If convicted, she faces up to 18 months in prison and $20,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
At 2:07 a.m. Sept. 3, Muskego police officers were alerted to a possible drunk driver headed westbound on Woods Road near Durham Drive. An officer spotted the car as it approached Racine Avenue and tried to pull it over, but Miller turned northbound on Racine, then continued driving at 35 miles per hour.
Miller continued driving, the report stated, so officers deployed stop sticks, which popped her tires near Tans Road and brought the car to a halt. Officers then approached the car with tactical shields drawn, but Miller refused to leave the car or obey officers.
The officers then broke both the drivers and passenger side windows of the car, but Miller still refused to obey commands, so the officers removed her from the car with an electronic control device. Miller told officers she had drank several beers earlier in the night, but the officer couldn’t smell alcohol on her breath, according to the complaint.
She was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, where she performed numerous field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol level of only 0.033, so no further tests were ordered.
Miller told the officers she had been committed to the Milwaukee County Mental Health Facility in 2002 and 2012 and she didn’t want to stop for the officers because she was scared and paranoid. She said she had been pulled over for traffic citations before, but she was “scared of the unknown.”
She was picked up by her son, who told officers she was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia years before.
Miller will make her initial appearance in court Oct. 30.