Brooks Jr, an amateur rapper who goes by the name of MathBoi Fly, is expected to be charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide and other offences, according to Police Chief Dan Thompson.
Milwaukee prosecutors are conducting an internal review into its office’s decision to make an “inappropriately low” bail recommendation for the 39-year-old in the days leading up to the incident in Waukesha, in the Milwaukee’s west.
He was on multiple pending cases, including two counts of second-degree recklessly endangering and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to spokesperson for Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, Fox News reported. 
He was charged three times in less than two years with recklessly endangering the safety of others. The most recent incident occurred on November 5 where he was involved in a domestic abuse incident where he was also charged with resisting or obstructing an officer.
The 39-year-old posted $1,000 bond on November 11 and released from Milwaukee County Jail on November 16, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.
Darrell Brooks Jr has been named by local police as a “person of interest” who “acted alone” in the Wisconsin Christmas parade tragedy. Picture: Supplied
Brooks Jr. captured allegedly behind the wheel of the Ford Escape. Picture: Facebook
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Police believe Brooks Jr is the main suspect who “acted alone” in the incident when he allegedly drove a red Ford Escape through barricades and into the annual parade on Sunday afternoon around 4:40pm (local time), sending residents “flying into the air”.
“We have new information that the suspect prior to the incident was involved in a domestic disturbance… and the suspect left that scene prior to out arrival,”  Chief Thompson said in a press conference.
He dispelled rumours police officers were in pursuit of the vehicle before the incident.
Authorities have said it is “not a terrorist event”.
The car spotted speeding down the street after reportedly fleeing a “domestic disturbance”.
A red SUV ploughed through crowds during the parade in Waukesha on one of the town’s main streets. Picture: Facebook
Debris remains scatter across the street including clothes, prams and chairs people sat on before the incident. Picture: Getty Images
At least 18 children were injured with six of those in a critical condition in hospital. Picture: Getty Images
Disturbing social media footage shows the SUV speed past crowds packed along the sidewalk before it appeared to slow down and pick up speed and hit dozens of people.
Parents could be heard screaming their children’s names while bystanders rushed to assist those injured.
One officer fired an unknown number of shots at the driver but was forced to stop due to the threat of injuring other people at the scene.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave and no one was injured by his actions.
Several injured after car ploughs through Christmas parade in United States
At least 18 children were among those injured in the incident with 10 in intensive care and six of those are in critical condition.
Dr Michael Meyer of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin said they were treating three sets of siblings.
“This is unique and truly demonstrates the devastating effect of this one our community,” he said.
Debris such as shoes, clothing, prams and chairs people sat on as they watched the parade remains scattered across the town’s main strip as investigators remain at the scene.
Chief Thompson said a number of victims have been identified in hospital including four women, Virginia Sorenson, 79, LeAnna Owen, 71, Tamara Durand, 52, Jane Kulich, 52, and one man, Wilhelm Hospel, 81.
Dance groups young and old were part of the event with the Dancing Grannies association confirming there were deaths from their tight-knit group.
Police Chief Dan Thompson said Brooks acted alone and the incident was not terrorism related. Picture: Getty Images
He praised the heroes amongst community members, the fire department, paramedics and police authorities in the “chaotic” scene.
“I responded to the scene and what I saw out of chaos and tragedy, was heroes,” he emotionally told reporters.
“The fired department transferred multiple victims, police put them in the squad (vehicles) and took them to hospital.”
Chief Thompson has called on for witnesses to come forward to speak with police and anyone with footage of the incident they personally captured is encouraged to submit it via the police department website.
A prayer vigil will be held a Cutler Park, in the city’s west, on Monday night.

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