High-speed chase leads to crash on Williamson Street

Incident followed hit-and-run on Bedford
High-speed chase leads to crash on Williamson Street

The high-speed chase of a hit-and-run suspect early Wednesday morning ended with the driver being arrested after his vehicle crashed into two East Side buildings.

The incident started following a hit-and-run crash in the 100 block of Bedford Street just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday.

According to police, officers tried to stop a vehicle involved in the crash, but the driver — Christopher Brunetto, 29, from Connecticut — took off and led police on a high-speed chase. Police said the chase reached speeds of more than 60 mph, but Brunetto refused to pull over.

Police said shortly after that, the driver veered off the road, hit two buildings, multiple parked cars and a lamp pole on the 1500 block of Williamson Street. The buildings — an apartment complex and a bakery — sustained significant damage in the crash.

Police said Brunetto suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital. They said he is charged with a fourth-offense operating while intoxicated, hit and run and eluding officers.


No one in the buildings was hurt, WISC-TV reported. The buildings’ occupants are now assessing their structural integrity.

Susan Detering, of Batch Bakehouse, said that they’re surprised. She said the building was deemed unsafe and business operations are no on hold.

“We’ve been at this location for two and a half years. We’ve never had an incident like this before on Williamson Street. This is pretty shocking,” she said.

She said that they hope to be back to full production by next week after a structural engineer inspects the scene.

The bakery has called its wholesale clients about its production stoppage.