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Police Report: Driver's Need for Speed Fueled by Alcohol

Man with more than twice the legal limit in his bloodstream was going more than twice the speed limit.

A man who'd had far too much to drink to be driving at all apparently thought the chance to take the wheel of a hot car was some kind of excuse to see how fast it could go on city streets. Police disagreed.

At 4:09 a.m. Tuesday, a 22-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for drunken driving, first offense, after a patrol officer reported seeing a car speeding on Wauwatosa Avenue in a “black blur.” He estimated its speed at 70 mph in the 30 mph zone.

Another nearby officer spotted the black ’88 Pontiac Trans Am and pulled in behind it after he saw it turn rapidly into a driveway in the 7600 block of West Center Street. When he asked the driver what his hurry was, he said, “I am sorry, but I’m driving a Trans Am!”

The officer smelled alcohol and suspected there was more to it than a fast car. The driver could not keep his balance during a sobriety test and blew a .18 blood alcohol content on a breath test.

The Trans Am belonged to the man's passenger, who probably should have remembered that "Friends don't let friends drive drunk" and certainly ought not turn over their own keys to allow it.

Thursday

At 6:15 p.m., a 41-year-old Milwaukee woman and a 51-year-old Milwaukee man were arrested for theft at , 7520 Blue Mound Rd., after they filled a duffel bag and a shopping bag with merchandise and walked out of the store, lifting the bags over security sensors. They were spotted by police and arrested a short distance away.

A resident of the 1000 block of North 70th Street reported that some time overnight someone had entered her unlocked car in her driveway and stolen a laptop computer and change.

Wednesday

At 10:54 p.m., a 23-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested on outstanding Milwaukee County and Wauwatosa warrants after a traffic stop for an expired registration – expired since 2008. He was a passenger in the car; the driver had no warrants but was on probation for armed robbery.  Both men were dressed in all-black clothing, and under the front seats of the car, officers found two identical sets of additional garb – black skull caps, black bandannas and black gloves rolled up together.

At 7:19 p.m., a 51-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for theft at , 6950 W. State St., after she was seen concealing three bottles of liquor under her shopping cart and trying to leave without paying. She also had an outstanding Glendale warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

At 6:43 p.m., a 22-year-old Milwaukee woman and a 28-year-old Milwaukee man were arrested, questioned, booked for identification purposes and then released pending further investigation after the woman tried to fill a fraudulent prescription for 120 Oxycodone pills at . A pharmacist became suspicious because the prescription was written from a hospital emergency department, for which the 120-count seemed unusually high. She called Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee Hospital and learned that the doctor whose name was signed had not worked on that day and that a number of prescription forms had been stolen from the emergency area. The woman tried to implicate a friend, and police say they have opened an ongoing narcotics investigation.

Tuesday

At 3:09 p.m., four Milwaukee teenagers – an 18-year-old woman along with two girls, 16, and one, 15 – were arrested for theft after police stopped their car on a report that they had stolen a large amount of clothing from at Mayfair Mall.

At 1 p.m., a resident called to report a burglary in progress at a neighbor’s home in the 8100 block of West Meineke Avenue after he saw two men pull up in a silver Toyota sedan and walk to the back of the house. The two burglars quickly entered through an unlocked window and made off with a flat-screen television and two laptops computers before police could arrive. The witness did not get the license number of the car.

At 7:55 a.m., a resident of the 4600 block of Parkside Drive reported that overnight someone had broken into his home while he and his wife were both away. He found that the front door had been pried open and his television set had been stolen. Other rooms had been rifled, and his wife’s jewelry had been disturbed, but he could not say that any was missing.

At 12:04 a.m., a 46-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for disorderly conduct after a resident reported he had urinated in public at the corner of North 60th Street and West North Avenue. It was the fifth time in about two weeks that the same woman has reported men for the act at the same corner, each time resulting in an arrest.

Monday

The information technology manager at , 3077 N. Mayfair Rd., reported the theft of five iPads worth $2,500 from a storage room.

Sunday

At 11:56 a.m., a 22-year-old clerk at was arrested for selling alcohol to a minor after a 17-year-old volunteer working for the police entered the store and purchased a six-pack of Corona beer. The clerk asked to see his ID and he showed her his own valid driver’s license show his date of birth. She sold him the beer anyway and told police she had simply miscalculated his age. The sales register system requires the customer’s date of birth to be entered for all alcohol sales, but the clerk said that she just enters a generic date for all such sales.

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