Man Drives High on Drugs With 2-Year-Old in the Back Seat, Say Police

Police arrest Waukesha man for his third operating while under the influence charge after he's pulled over near his parent's home in Muskego

A 33-year-old Waukesha man is accused of driving under the influence of drugs with his 2-year-old daughter in the back seat of his car.

Michael J. Ward was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Monday with one count of third offense operating while intoxicated. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, a person called 911 after he spotted a Cadillac Seville driving erratically westbound on Janesville Road and he thought the driver may be drunk. The caller followed the Cadillac as it turned onto Kristen Drive, then Canfield Drive and finally onto Castle Glen Court.

A Muskego police officer arrived and found the Cadillac driving slowly around a cul-de-sac. The car was registered to Ward, who is well known by the officer who also knew Ward's parents live in the cul-de-sac. Ward slowly went past their driveway and the officer then pulled him over, according to the complaint.

Ward didn't smell of alcohol and denied drinking, but the officer noticed his voice was slow and raspy. Ward said if he drove erratically on Janesville, it may have been due to him tending to his young daughter in the back seat. Ward said he takes two Lozapam tablets daily, but only took one before driving today. He took field sobriety tests, which he then failed, the report stated.

Officers searched Ward and found Alprazolam pills (anxiety medication) in his pocket and a Suboxone film, which is commonly used for opiate dependenc in his wallet. Ward was previously convicted of OWI in 2001 and 2007. He's currently free on $1,000 bail while awaiting trial.

Jaime Lannister November 14, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Only in Wisconsin do people take the law into their own hands like this. Following suspects on the road? Not a very wise move to say the least... Many of these folks are too dumb to realize that they may be following a dangerous criminal and that their own name and address is going to appear in the report or criminal complaint which the suspect will be receiving a copy of... Best leave the police-work to the police.
Sheepshead November 14, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Totally disagree. Police depend on citizens to be the eyes and ears when they are not present. The "I see nothing" approach is irresponsible to say the least. A 2 year old's life was in danger for Christ's sake. If you see something, say or do something.
Sarah Millard (Editor) November 14, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Swearing - even with symbols - is not permitted on Patch. I deleted a comment that was in violation.
Jaime Lannister November 14, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I have actually had a conversation about that with a friend of mine who is a police captain, and the police DO NOT want untrained people trying to put their own "tail" on possibly dangerous suspects. If you see someone who appears dangerous on the road like that you should call 911 and then stay clear of the situation. You are only putting yourself and others at risk by unwisely choosing to follow such a driver.
Gregory Kluck November 14, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Only in Wisconsin? Love those generic comments. When I lived in California before the age of cell phones, I was passed up by an obvious drunk driver. He was scraping against the median barrier on San Marcos Pass which is a four lane divided highway that runs up through the mountains from Santa Barbara to San Ynez valley. I got on my CB and talked to a guy with a base station who in turn contacted the County Sheriff and the CHP. When the CHP got there, he had a CB radio in his cruiser and pretty much thanked me for following and directing the Police. So no, a person who safely follows a person a safe distance and relays info to the Police is a good thing.
Jaime Lannister November 15, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Perhaps I was generalizing and am rather biased since my 63 year old mother who doesn't drink or take drugs was pulled over a few years ago after some local yokel cell-phone-called her in as a drunk driver. She was somewhat shocked to be pulled over after not having committed any violation and interrogated about where she was coming from and where she was going. Her slow moving big gray station wagon must have irritated someone. Nice job on the CB bust though.
Jaime Lannister November 15, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Patch loves to sensationalize, and over-imply that a great crime has been committed over every little thing. The patch is as much to blame for the erosion of civil rights in this country as anyone. Was the guy really "high on drugs" if he was taking anxiety medication that was prescribed by a doctor? "Failing" a field sobriety test, or the raspyness of someones voice is subjective, especially when the arresting officer is "well known" to him and is someone that doesn't like him. Even if this guy has a winning case, which he very well may he is screwed here. If he makes even minimum wage the court will make the determination that he is able to pay his own defense and send him a massive bill for a court appointed attorney should he go to trial and force the state to try to prove their case against him. There was probably more freedom to be had under Stalin than there is left in the US today.
Steve ® November 15, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Sounds like you are related to this scumbag. You must be proud
Jaime Lannister November 15, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Not quite ser. Will you be sending us all to a gulag anyway?
Jaime Lannister November 15, 2012 at 06:41 PM
More like the patch and most of its readers despise civil libertarians... That doesn't bode well for the future here since you can't usurp constitutional freedom from potential criminals without infringing upon the civil rights of all citizens in the process.


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