MILWAUKEE (WISN) — Cash bail was set at $100,000 on Saturday morning for a man accused in a hit and run crash that killed an off-duty Milwaukee police officer.
Dante James was escorted into the courtroom in a wheelchair as he faced a judge for the first time since his arrest.
James was arrested after the deadly crash early Tuesday morning near the intersection of 60th Street and Capitol Drive.
Police Chief Alfonso Morales identified the victim as Officer Kou Her.
“It’s so heartbreaking,” said Her’s older brother Kong Her. “My parents are going to be the ones burying him, when it should be the other way around.”
Morales said Her, 27, was a two-year veteran of the department.
Her was killed when the speeding driver, who police believe was James, ran a red light and hit Her’s car, Morales said.
According to the criminal complaint, James had been fired from his job several hours before the crash for showing up to work drunk. The complaint also said before the deadly crash, James had two drinks and a shot before being kicked out of a bar.
According to prosecutors, James’ blood alcohol level after the crash was .209, more than twice the legal driving limit.
“He understands the charges,” said Russel Jones, James’ attorney. “He’s ready to confront them and deal with them in court.”
James is expected back in court July 2.