WAUKESHA—A Delavan woman is charged with recklessly endangering others after prosecutors say she stole a pickup truck and nearly hit people while driving off the road in the village of Elm Grove last week, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Court.

Elm Grove police reported that early on Nov. 30, Christine V. Faytus, 22, of W9497 Lake Lorraine Road, fled on foot from officers after crashing a white Ford F-150 pickup she stole, according to the complaint.

Faytus had earlier crashed another possibly stolen car at a Starbucks in the Wauwatosa area before stealing the pickup from near a construction site, the complaint states.

She also attempted to get into a 2004 Mercedes-Benz but failed to do so and returned to the pickup truck, according to the complaint.

Faytus yelled at onlookers, drove through yards, hit multiple mailboxes and almost hit two people, according to the complaint.

Brookfield fire and ambulance crews took Faytus to Elm Brook Memorial Hospital where she “was displaying slurred speech which was extremely unintelligible and unrecognizable and had glassy eyes that appeared droopy,” the complaint states.

Police also reported “(Faytus) was displaying excited delirium behavior consisted (sic) with the use of controlled substances,” according to the complaint. Police later that morning obtained a blood warrant, but its results are not listed in the complaint.

Someone from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office brought Elm Grove police Faytus' purse that contained drugs, used needles and other paraphernalia, according to the complaint.

Faytus is charged with two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Each carries a maximum prison sentence of 12-and-a-half years.

She is also charged with:

  • operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent
  • attempt operating a motor vehicle without consent
  • criminal damage to property and
  • obstructing and resisting an officer.

Faytus had a suspended driver's license through Rock County for failure to pay a forfeiture, the complaint states. She was not eligible for reinstatement until Sept. 24, 2018.

Faytus also had a warrant from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office on charges of disorderly conduct and failure to appear, according to the complaint.

Faytus on Dec. 1 was held on a $40,000 cash bond, court records show.

She is next scheduled to appear in Waukesha County Court at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, for a preliminary hearing.

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