By H. Nelson Goodson
September 11, 2014
Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, Jorge Santiago Ramírez, 23, was charged with misdemeanor OWI-2nd offense and three felonies. A cash bail of $7,500 was set for Santiago Ramírez. He is expected back in court on September 19 for a preliminary hearing.
Santiago Ramírez on early Sunday allegedly drove the wrong-way about a mile of I-94 to Miller Parkway interchange. He was charged with a misdemeanor for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI-2nd offense), and three felonies for Injury by Intoxicated Use of Motor Vehicle, knowingly operating while revoked (Cause Great Bodily Harm) and Injury by Intoxicated Use of Motor Vehicle. If convicted of all charges, Santiago Ramírez facing more than 25 years in prison.
The MCSO news release stated that on early Sunday, the Milwaukee Police Department initially received a call about an abandoned white Nissan on N. 35th Street. Milwaukee Fire and a tow truck responded, but saw two occupants, Santiago Ramírez the driver and his fraternal twin, Chris Ramírez, 23, in the vehicle. When MFD personnel approached, Santiago Ramírez fled and entered I-94 at 35th Street in the wrong direction.
At about 2:30 a.m., the Milwaukee Fire Department called dispatch about a wrong- way driver traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-94 at 35th Street. At 2:36 a.m., dispatch aired that the wrong-way driver, Santiago Ramírez had crashed head-on with a vehicle that was traveling northbound on US-41 (Miller Parkway) on the southeast ramp.
Both Santiago Ramírez and Chris, his passenger of the wrong-way vehicle, a white Nissan, were unconscious. Deputies also found empty and full cans of beer in Santiago Ramírez's Nissan.
The female driver of the blue BMW was treated at the hospital for minor leg injuries. Chris Ramírez, who was in the Nissan suffered life-threatening injuries. He suffered brain trauma in the collision.