New Berlin - Two men face charges in separate incidents in New Berlin, one involving sexual assault and the other fleeing from police at alleged speeds of more than 85 mph on Moorland Road and 100 mph on Interstate 43.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court, Nicolas Perrelle, 24, of Racine is believed to have broken into the apartment of his former girlfriend, in the 3000 block of S. Fountain Square Blvd., New Berlin, and repeatedly punched the man she was sleeping with, driving him out of the apartment.
He then is accused of strangling the woman, slamming her head on a wall, and sexually assaulting her. He is alleged to have had a knife and threatened to kill the woman. He also is charged with throwing something through a patio door, causing it to shatter.
According to the complaint, Perrelle and the woman had been living together but had broken up a month before the Nov. 5 incident.
The complaint says that Perrelle fled the scene when he heard sirens of New Berlin police who were summoned by the man who was beaten.
The maximum penalty for all eight charges leveled against Perrelle is nearly 90 years imprisonment if found guilty.
Perrelle signed a $25,000 cash bond and posted another $25,000 cash bond Nov. 11.
A preliminary hearing is slated for Thursday, Nov. 17.
The other case involves Bruce Cullins, 24, of Milwaukee whose car was stopped at about 10:20 p.m. Sept. 28 because the registered owner had a suspended license and may have been wanted on a traffic offense in Illinois.
The New Berlin police officer smelled marijuana coming from the car and summoned help to investigate. When he asked the man to step out of the car, Cullins allegedly sped off.
A chase followed, starting on National Avenue east of Moorland Road. Going west on National and into the Moorland Road intersection where the light was red, the driver dodged several cars before turning south onto Moorland, the criminal complaint says. He hit speeds of about 85 mph on Moorland in a 40 mph zone, the complaint says.
Reaching I-43, he headed north and hit freeway speeds of 105 mph, according to the complaint. For safety reasons, police broke off pursuit at about Layton Avenue in Greenfield. The total length of the chase was about 4.1 miles.
Cullins was later arrested and was in custody when he made an initial court appearance Oct. 26. He pleaded not guilty on Nov. 7, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and asked for a jury trial. The next day, he posted a $1,500 cash bond.
The maximum sentence for the two charges against him is more than four years in prison.