Suspect in Waukesha holiday parade crash was released on low bail because of ‘human error’, DA says

Uriel Thomas, who faces charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless injury and operating while intoxicated, was released Thursday on $20,000 bail Suspect in Waukesha holiday parade crash was released on low bail…

Suspect in Waukesha holiday parade crash was released on low bail because of 'human error', DA says

Uriel Thomas, who faces charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless injury and operating while intoxicated, was released Thursday on $20,000 bail

Suspect in Waukesha holiday parade crash was released on low bail because of ‘human error,’ DA says

A man accused of causing a crash that injured nearly two dozen people at a Wisconsin holiday parade was released on low bail after prosecutors argued his release was essentially due to “human error” by a judge.

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Waukesha county district attorney Michael McCann said Friday that 23-year-old Uriel Thomas could potentially spend three years in prison if he was convicted of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless injury and operating while intoxicated. Thomas was released Thursday, only hours after he was arrested.

Thomas’ attorney, Bruce Broillet, said he wants to wait for the results of blood tests on Thomas before discussing possible motions.

Thomas was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday for an initial hearing on the charges. But Broillet asked for a continuance and the court cancelled the hearing. The judge issued a warrant for Thomas’ arrest and later that night, he was arrested by the Waukesha police department.

District attorney Brian Blanchard called the crash “awful, dangerous and regrettable” during a news conference Wednesday. Waukesha police chief Russell Jack said Thomas was taking alcohol-based prescription medications that can cause drowsiness and confusion.

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According to prosecutors, Thomas drove his pickup truck into the crowd at the Brookfield Heights Christmas parade on Sunday morning, going between vehicles and hitting bystanders. Twenty-eight people suffered injuries ranging from minor to serious, with several taken to hospitals for treatment. Most of the injuries occurred at the bus stop near the intersection, one of several that lead up to the final stage of the parade.

Police said a witness at the scene asked Thomas what was wrong, and Thomas replied: “I need help. My head is really tired.”

Thomas has been in jail since Monday night and was released on $20,000 bail early Thursday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. According to the newspaper, a key question in the case is whether Thomas has the money to pay the $25,000 bond.

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