Police say man who plowed into Wisconsin parade, killing 6, was arrested in GA months earlier

UNION CITY, Ga. — Police say the man accused of plowing into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin and killing six people was arrested in Union City earlier this year.

Police say Darrell E. Brooks, 39, drove his SUV through a parade in Waukesha last weekend. Five adults and an 8-year-old boy were killed and at least 60 other people were injured.

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Brooks has been charged with five counts of intentional homicide, and prosecutors are expected to file a sixth charge.


Police reports reveal that Brooks was arrested in Union City in May on battery charges. The charges stemmed from a fight with his girlfriend at the time at a Country Hearth Inn & Suites.

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A witness told police he heard Brooks hitting his girlfriend through the wall. The witness said he confronted Brooks, who then called the police and claimed the witness was harassing the couple.

Police were able to determine that Brooks was the aggressor and that his girlfriend had injuries consistent with domestic abuse.

Brooks was taken to the East Point Jail. It’s unclear what happened to the case after that or if Brooks was convicted of anything.

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