Milwaukee Police Bicycle Offficers’ training helped them take evasive action to avoid serious injury.
At 1:30 p.m. Monday, Officers Raynoldo Roman and his partner, Daniel Smokovich, attempted to make contact with the occupants of a vehicle parked in a vacant lot in the 3900 block of W. Burleigh St.
As Officer Smokovich approached the driver’s door, the vehicle accelerated. Officer Roman, anticipating the vehicle’s movement, quickly jumped off his bicycle. The bike was then struck by the vehicle. The car then sped away, striking the porch of a home in the 3100 block of N. 41st St. All three occupants ran, but were quickly caught by the officers.
Neither the 14-year-old male driver, nor his 15- nor 13-year-old passengers have prior arrests. The car they were in had been stolen in the early morning hours Monday. Neither officer was injured. Detectives Ron Linzmeyer and Brian Hardrath of the CIB North Investigations responded to the scene and are investigating along with District 7.
The bicycle officers are an excellent stealthy tool to approach suspicious vehicles in parking lots. The officers were in the area to prevent violent crime and those crimes that lead to violence like drug dealing. Their training is intense, and clearly, life-saving.