Police chief injured in car crash moments after leaving news conference on reckless driving

Milwaukee’s police chief was injured in a car crash moments after leaving a news conference discussing the widespread problem of reckless driving in the city.

Police Chief Jeffrey Norman’s vehicle was struck by a dump truck shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, about three blocks from the Milwaukee Police Department’s District 4 station, where the news conference was held. Wisconsin Public Radio reported.

Witnesses said the dump truck sped through an intersection without stopping and crashed into the vehicle the police chief was in.

Norman was seen by a WPR reporter sitting on the sidewalk wearing a neck brace after the collision.

The police chief and another officer involved in the crash were taken by ambulance to the hospital and treated for “non-life-threatening injuries.”

Milwaukee’s police chief was involved in a car accident after leaving a press conference for reckless driving on Monday. FOX6 Milwaukee

The driver of the dump truck remained at the scene and was cooperating with the crash investigation, police said in a statement.

Milwaukee Councilman Lamont Westmoreland, who was also at the news conference, said officials were investigating whether the crash was related to reckless driving.

“It’s very frustrating, but again, we don’t know if this is related to reckless driving,” Westmoreland said. “It just goes to show that no one is exempt from anything here on the streets.”

Mayor Cavalier Johnson called the incident “cruelly coincidental.” Getty Images for SEIU

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson called the incident a “cruel coincidence” in a statement to the station.

“We didn’t need this kind of reminder that all drivers should slow down and increase caution on our roads.”

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The crash is being investigated by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.

The police chief’s vehicle was hit after leaving a press conference for reckless driving. Milwaukee Police Department

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Also on Monday, Johnson signed a resolution calling on the state to provide the city with greater tools to address its reckless driving problem.

“I’m asking the state Legislature to empower local governments, local communities, to tow the cars of reckless drivers in more situations than are currently allowed,” Johnson said Monday, according to WPR.

Reckless driving has become an increasingly persistent problem in the city of Milwaukee. Last year, police issued 496 reckless driving citations, up 32 percent from the previous year.

The police department also issued more than 13,000 traffic citations last year, 7,414 of which were for speeding.

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