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Trial Ordered for Milwaukee Man in I-94 Standoff

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee man has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly holding sheriff’s officers at bay for six hours while tying up traffic on a major freeway.

42-year-old Donald Hale was bound over Thursday for an arraignment on felony charges of vehicle theft and not complying with police. He’s scheduled to enter pleas on January 24th.

Prosecutors said Hale and his girlfriend were in a stolen SUV when they held officers at bay last month on Interstate 94 just west of Milwaukee’s downtown.

During the standoff, Hale allegedly held the magazine of a gun out the window and said, “I got rounds for all of you.” But no shots were fired and no one was hurt.

The standoff ended when a bomb squad robot broke out a window, and officers sprayed tear gas inside which forced Hale and his girlfriend to leave the vehicle.

The woman was not charged. Hale had been free since last April, after spending 8 years in prison for a robbery conviction.

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