Shooting Heroin while Driving, Sex Trafficking and A 24-mile Car Chase
This week's regional crime roundup also includes a guilty plea in the case against a man who killed a service dog and injured the dog's owner in a hit-and-run crash.
People shooting heroin while driving, a car chase and a teen reporting she was forced to have sex for money are some of the serious crime and police stories in southeastern Wisconsin reported by Patch this week.
Heroin and driving don't mix, police say Greenfield authorities helped in two cases where law enforcement believes drivers caused dangerous traffic situations after shooting heroin while driving. On March 9 police found a Greendale man passed out in his car at the intersection of 76th Street and Layton Avenue. Just days later, an East Troy man crashed slowly into an on-ramp wall; the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office believes he pulled over on I-894 to shoot up. In both cases, law enforcement found what they said were the supplies needed to shoot heroin in the cars.
Blown red lights, two-state car chase A Milwaukee woman is accused of blowing red lights, almost causing an accident, and then leading police on a 24-mile chase down Interstate 94, ending when she was caught in Illinois.
Teen says she was forced to be a prostitute A 17-year-old girl told police two men—one from Oak Creek and one from Menomonee Falls—forced her into prostitution, holding her against her will at a home in Milwaukee, and threatened to hurt her if she didn't have sex with men for money.
Man gets probation for hit and run Carlos M. Ward, 30, of Milwaukee, struck Debbie Schultz and her dog, Lexi, in June as they crossed a Waukesha street, but instead of stopping, he drove away. Schultz was injured and Lexi, her service dog, was killed. Ward pleaded guilty to hit-and-run causing injury, and was sentenced this week to two years probation.
Woman killed on I-43 may have been struck twice Investigators believe a second car struck the body of a Sussex woman killed as she walked across southbound I-43 in New Berlin on March 2. The investigation suggested that another car hit Denise L. Merkel's body after she had been killed by another car.
Special treatment to murder defendant? Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office employees could be fired, pending the outcome of an investigation into whether they gave special treatment to Benjamin Sebena, as he was in custody awaiting trial for the murder of his wife, Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Sebena.