Nov. 15, 2017 – Washington Co., WI – Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a 27-year-old City of Milwaukee man for possession of methamphetamine after he was called in as an erratic driver on US 45 early this past Sunday morning by an off duty Milwaukee Police Officer.
The man was stopped on US 45 near Pleasant Valley Rd at 12:30 a.m. and provided the deputy with a false ID. When he exited the vehicle for field sobriety testing, the deputy located methamphetamine on the front driver’s seat. He was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine and obstructing.
Although this particular arrest occurred without incident, methamphetamine arrests are becoming more frequent in Washington County and pose heightened challenges for law enforcement.
Methamphetamine, or meth, is an extremely addictive and potent central nervous system stimulant that can have side effect such as behavioral problems, paranoia, psychosis and physical aggression. The user’s mood can become unpredictable and can rapidly cause mood swings, suspicion and anger for those who abuse the drug regularly.
These side effects can cause an otherwise sensible person to violently lash out at officers, putting both themselves and officers at increased risk of injury.