Wrong-way driver accused of hitting off-duty officer to stand trial

MILWAUKEE — 23-year-old Erin Salmon -- the woman accused of crashing into an off-duty Milwaukee police officer while driving the wrong way on I-94, allegedly drunk will stand trial in the case.

In mid-September, additional charges were filed against Salmon for a second crash that occurred that same night.

A criminal complaint indicates September 4th was a night that started with four beers and a shot of whiskey for Salmon at an east side bar.

The complaint says when Salmon left that bar, she rear-ended a car near Oakland and North just before 11:30 p.m. The complaint says Salmon's boyfriend, a passenger in her vehicle, got out of the car to talk with the crash victim. The complaint goes on to say the crash victim began writing down the license plate number of the car Salmon was allegedly operating. The victim in that crash told police Salmon's boyfriend yelled at him, asking him not to call officers, and forget about the crash.

Salmon's boyfriend then made a move for the cereal box the victim used to write down the license plate number. The victim started to call police, and Salmon's boyfriend tried to grab his phone, before jumping back into the car with Salmon. The two drove off, heading east on North Avenue.

Less than 15 minutes later, Salmon was allegedly involved in another hit and run. A criminal complaint says Salmon rear-ended a second car, en route to I-94.

Salmon's boyfriend told police Salmon was supposed to drop him off at his car, and he would follow her home. However, Salmon's boyfriend told police Salmon drove off in the opposite direction. Shortly thereafter, Salmon's vehicle met Officer Albert's vehicle on I-94.

Officer Albert suffered a severe pelvic injury, spinal fluid leak, internal bleeding and a fracture to his femur.

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