Man arrested in Middleton hit-and-run also faces charges in case last month

What you need to know: Tuesday
Ross Cotter-Brown

The Edgerton man who could face hit-and-run charges in connection to two seventh-graders being hit in Middleton last week also faces charges of having open intoxicants in a car last month, according to documents at the Dane County Courthouse.

Ross Cotter-Brown was charged in court Tuesday with fourth-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a prior offense within five years, fourth-offense operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration with a prior offense within five years, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license.

Cotter-Brown was charged in connection with a traffic stop March 23 on Interstate 39/90 in the town of Pleasant Springs.

According to a criminal complaint, Cotter-Brown was driving 82 mph in a 70 mph zone.

The state trooper who talked to Cotter-Brown said he could smell alcohol and saw an empty bottle of liquor on the floor of the vehicle, officials said.

According to the criminal complaint, Cotter-Brown originally told the trooper he had three shots the night before but then said he had five shots. Cotter-Brown also reportedly admitted that the 0.7 grams of marijuana the trooper found in the vehicle was his.

Charges were filed against Cotter-Brown in the OWI case on April 21, the same day the incident happened in Middleton.

In the incident Thursday, both girls were hit by a pickup truck that was coming down Century Avenue. The driver had been in a pursuit with Dane County Sheriff’s deputies just before the crash.

A second serious crash occurred several blocks west of the pedestrian crash on Century Avenue at Northbrook Drive, which disabled the suspect vehicle, police said. That crash was head-on, and the driver of that vehicle was also taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Cotter-Brown has not been formally charged in the hit-and-run case.

He faces $24,000 in fines, more than 13 years in prison or both for the OWI incident in March.