Woman said Darrell Brooks 'tried to kill her' when he ran over her in early November in Milwaukee

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A woman run over by Darrell Brooks in early November told police she thought he was trying to kill her.
Darrell Brooks appears in Waukesha County Court Tuesday.

The woman who Darrell Brooks Jr. is charged with punching in the face and then running over with an SUV at a Milwaukee gas station in early November told police she thought Brooks was trying to kill her.

It followed a series of other violent incidents involving Brooks against her, according to police reports.

After the gas station incident, officers found Brooks outside his mother's home and he ran from them before he was arrested, according to the reports. The reports also indicate Brooks, 39, suffers from mental health issues for which he is supposed to be taking medication.

It was the latest in a litany of criminal cases against Brooks who was charged Tuesday in the deaths of five people and the injury of dozens when he barreled through the Christmas parade Sunday evening in Waukesha, according to a criminal complaint.

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Prosecutors said a sixth homicide charge is forthcoming, after an 8-year-old boy died Tuesday afternoon. Each count, if Brooks is convicted, carries a mandatory life sentence.

Waukesha police say they believe Brooks had been involved in a domestic violence incident in Waukesha before he smashed through a barricade and into the parade route.

The police reports from the Nov. 2 incident, obtained Tuesday by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, provide fresh details into the alleged assault at the gas station.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office has come under intense scrutiny for the decision of one of its prosecutors to seek cash bail of $1,000 in the case. Brooks was released on Nov. 16 after he posted the $1,000 bond.

At the time, Brooks was out on bail in a different case where he is charged with firing a gun during an argument with a relative.

The bail amount in the gas station case, granted by a court commissioner, was "inappropriately low," a statement from the office said. Milwaukee County…
John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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