BURLINGTON — A Caledonia man has been charged after allegedly rear-ending a vehicle, causing a chain reaction collision and then driving away.
Dawson R. Miller, 19, of the 2000 block of Woodland Drive has been charged with hit-and-run causing injury, a felony; and obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor.
According to the criminal complaint:
At about 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 20, Miller rear-ended the victim’s vehicle as she was waiting at a red light on Milwaukee Avenue, north of Grove Street. The crash forced her vehicle forward, causing it to collide with the vehicle in front of hers. As a result of the crash, the victim’s daughter reportedly suffered muscular injuries to her neck.
Miller drove away immediately after the crash.
After witnesses provided a description of the suspect’s vehicle, Burlington police began a search of the area. The vehicle was located, but it was unoccupied.
Upon further investigation, a Burlington police officer determined that Miller was the owner and operator of the vehicle, which had temporary Illinois registration.
When the officer made contact with Miller the next day, he reportedly said his vehicle was at a friend’s house and that it was disabled and on blocks. Miller also said his vehicle had Wisconsin plates. The officer then obtained body-camera video footage from a traffic incident in which Miller was reportedly involved on Feb. 2. By viewing this footage, the officer identified Miller as the operator of the vehicle in the hit-and-run crash.
On Friday, the officer showed Miller the footage of the Feb. 2 incident. Miller again said his vehicle was not drivable and he was not involved in the crash.
After being detained by police, Miller agreed to answer questions and eventually admitted to driving the car and being involved in the crash. Miller said he drove away because he was scared because his plates were invalid and he didn’t want to get into trouble.
Miller was in custody at the Racine County Jail as of Monday afternoon.
According to online court records, a preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. March 14.