RACINE — A Mount Pleasant man is facing charges after allegedly rear-ending a vehicle containing a woman and her three children, then fleeing the scene.

Joseph Davis, 51, of the 1100 block of Oakes Road, is charged with felony hit-and-run causing injury and a misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while license-revoked.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Oct. 2, officers were dispatched to the area near 20th Street at Taylor Avenue for a report of a hit-and-run crash. The victim said she had been rear-ended by a gray Chevy Suburban. The driver then left the scene.

The victim reported she had back and neck pain. The three children in the vehicle’s backseat were not injured.

Witnesses corroborated the victim’s story, and one witness got the suspect vehicle’s license plate number. Another tried to yell at the driver to stop, but the driver allegedly swore and yelled back before leaving the scene.

Another witness followed the suspect vehicle until it shut down in the middle of the street. The witness said he tried to get the suspect driver to stay on the scene until police arrived, but the driver left the vehicle from the passenger side and fled on foot.

On Oct. 10, Davis walked into the Racine Police Department and reportedly admitted he was the offending driver in the hit-and-run crash. He said he’d planned to stop in a parking lot after the crash but was getting yelled at, which is why he fled.

Davis is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 28 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.


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