A West Allis woman is facing prison time after she allegedly fled the scene of an accident, was driving drunk with kids unrestrained in the car, and was violating conditions of a bond issued last year.
Nicole Brosky, 29, was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with identity theft; operating with prohibited alcohol concentration second offense with a child in the vehicle; OWI second offense with a child in the car; bail jumping; and obstructing an officer. If convicted on all charges, she faces up to 9-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $34,400 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Sturtevant Police were called to the scene of an accident at 6:29 p.m. Wednesday in the 3200 block of Buckingham Road. While officers were on their way to the accident, dispatch advised them that the driver of a dark-colored van pulled away and was leaking fluids.
When police caught up to the van, officers say they noticed significant damage to the right front tire. Despite police trying to initiate a traffic stop, the van kept moving, driving past the accident scene and not stopping for a stop sign. Officers say they could see several children inside the van who were not restrained in proper car seats.
Brosky finally stopped the van, and police say they could smell intoxicants on her breath despite her chewing gum and drinking a soda. The officer asked for her driver's license, but the defendant told him she lost it and gave him a name that turned out to be her friend's.
While dispatch ran the name, officers had the five children - ages 5 months to seven years old - exit the van. Reports indicate at least two of the children were not properly restrained. Officers continued to ask Brosky for her name because the description dispatch provided didn't match the victim's appearance.
Police conducted field sobriety tests, which Brosky failed, and administered the Intoximeter. Her blood alcohol level came back as .14, nearly double the legal limit.
When the children's father arrived, he told officers the woman's real name and also told them this isn't the first time Brosky had driven drunk with the kids in the car. Officers say Brosky continued to try and lie, but when police said they ran her name and warrants came back for her arrest, she finally told them her real name.
Meanshile, the friend reportedly told police that she ended her friendship with Brosky because the defendant used her name before and actually had warrants issued for her arrest instead of Brosky's.
Sturtevant Police Chief Sean Marschke said Brosky is lucky no one was injured or killed by her recklessness.
"It's amazing that this woman did not injure or kill her children or someone else with her intoxicated driving and lack of her kids being in child safety seats," he said. "Her actions in reckless driving as well as giving a false - her friend's - name to police certainly do not make her 'Mother of the Year.'"
The defendant is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $2,649 cash bond. Brosky will have her preliminary hearing on Jan. 16 before Court Commissioner Alica A. Rudebusch.