Some excitement early this morning at the Aurora pharmacy in the Village of Richfield as a man put his truck through the wall.
Washington County Sheriff’s were called to 1303 State Highway 175 at 6:36 a.m.
At the time of the call it was unknown if this was an active burglary or if anybody was still in the store. Deputies and officers from the Germantown Police Department were dispatched to the scene.
Upon officer’s arrival, a pickup truck that crashed through the front of the store and was completely inside. No suspects remained on scene.
A records check of the pickup found identified the owner as a 24-year-old Richfield man authorities picked up at 4:02 a.m. at a home about a half mile from the pharmacy.
The man was in the 3100 block of Kettle Moraine Parkway. He was yelling for help and trying to gain access to an unoccupied neighboring residence.
The man claimed he was trying to access a residence recently purchased by his father. The man had a minor injury to his head, which he alleged came from an earlier fight.
The man refused to identify the assailant and he refused medical transport to the hospital.
A preliminary investigation revealed the following: At approximately 2:45 a.m. the man inadvertently turned west onto the pharmacy’s access driveway (likely believing it was an arterial road), and drove straight into the building.
After the crash, the man fled the scene on foot and was later encountered by deputies in the 3100 block of Kettle Moraine Drive.
The man had no affiliation with the house he was trying to access.
Aurora Pharmacy sustained moderate structural damage and was not occupied at the time of the crash. The man was subsequently arrested and brought to the Washington County Jail for Criminal Damage to Property, Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing an Officer, and Possession of Cocaine.
Driver impairment appears to be the contributing factor, and the incident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Photo courtesy Suzie Krueger