Officials identify person of interest in Wisconsin parade rampage

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Officials identify person of interest in Wisconsin parade rampage

The driver taken into custody over the fatal Christmas parade crash in Wisconsin that left five people dead and dozens injured has been identified.

Darrell Brooks, 39, is currently being questioned over the deadly crash in Waukesha on Sunday afternoon, law enforcement sources told NBC News.

He has not been charged.

An SUV speeds past moments before plowing into a crowd of people during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
An SUV speeds past moments before plowing into a crowd of people during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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Officials said the driver may have a lengthy criminal history and they are investigating allegations he was fleeing a separate incident that involved a knife fight.

Five people were killed and more than 40 injured, including children, when the car blew past police barricades and plowed into a group of people marching in the annual Christmas parade shortly after 4.40 pm local time.

Police Chief Daniel Thompson confirmed late Sunday that a person of interest was in custody.

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