Hit-and-run suspect tries to escape hospital 2 days after crash, document says

What you need to know: Tuesday
Ross Cotter-Brown

The suspect in a hit-and-run crash that injured two middle school girls in April tried to escape his hospital room two days later, according to a criminal complaint.

Ross Cotter-Brown, 30, of Edgerton, is accused of driving a truck that hit and seriously injured two middle-school-aged girls April 21.

Both girls were hit by a truck that was coming down Century Avenue. The driver had been in a pursuit with Dane County sheriff’s deputies just before the crash.

As of Wednesday, 12-year-old Hayley Krause was back in school at Kromrey Middle School and 13-year-old Ari Meyer was still at home recovering, Middleton-Cross Plains School District spokesperson Perry Hibner said.

According to the court documents, police found three bottles of peppermint schnapps and two unopened bottles of beer in the vehicle Cotter-Brown was driving. They also found synthetic marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint, Cotter-Brown ran out of his hospital room, but a law enforcement officer caught up with him.

Cotter-Brown told investigators he took a hit of a joint, felt a little funny, took another hit and that was the last thing he remembered from the day of the crash, according to the complaint. He also admitted to drinking all day before the crash.

Cotter-Brown was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety; attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer; operating while intoxicated causing great bodily harm; second and subsequent offense operating while intoxicated causing injury; fourth-offense (with prior within five years) operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated; hit-and-run causing great bodily harm; two counts of hit-and-run causing injury; hit-and-run of an attended vehicle; escape; and possession of synthetic marijuana.

He also faces charges of having open intoxicants from a different incident.