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Drunken Prowler an Unwelcome House Guest

Although a drunk 20-year-old Sussex man had no idea where he was or how he got there, he did know this much — he wasn't supposed to be where he was.

There typically aren't a lot of positive outcomes when your blood-alcohol level is nearly four times the legal limit. For a 20-year-old Sussex man, he ended his drunken night as an unwelcome guest in someone else’s home.

About 4:50 a.m. on Saturday, a husband and wife were awakened by the man in their home on Fairview Drive in Menomonee Falls. The woman said she saw the man standing outside their bedroom door, and heard him mutter, “Hey, how’s it going?”

When the man walked away from the area, the husband armed himself with a kitchen knife and he, his wife and two children locked themselves in the bedroom and called 911. They told police that they had left several doors in the home unlocked.

After getting the call, police found the man walking along a wooded area near Lannon Road and Fairview Drive. According to reports, the man was slurring his speech and had mud and grass stains on his jeans and palms from running through the woods. When he consented to a sobriety test, his blood-alcohol level was 0.30.

The man had no idea why he had been running through the woods, or why he was where he was. However, he did know this much about his current locale. 

“I know I’m not anywhere I should be,” the man said to police. 

The man said that if officers said he was in someone’s house – then he probably was, and that he was very sorry. The man told police he was at TGI Friday’s in Brookfield earlier in the evening, and went to his friend's house, and then to have a few drinks at Sussex Place Tavern.

After having a few drinks at Sussex Place, the man said the next thing he remembered was sitting on the ground surrounded by police.

The man was arrested and booked for a municipal citation of prowling.  When police searched the man, they found two golf balls in his front pocket. Not surprisingly, he had no recollection of how those got into his pocket.

The man will make a muncipal court appearance July 13.

Craig June 10, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Hmmm, The golf balls suggest he may have been driving.
Craig June 10, 2011 at 06:31 PM
Or...maybe he had a driver with him? That would explain why he wasn't arrested for OWI. :P
Carl Engelking June 10, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Nice ones Craig. It's important to note that the doors were unlocked to this home. You never know who may choose to walk into the house.
Nate June 10, 2011 at 08:48 PM
There was a time in the Falls you didn't bother doing that. I always did though.
Nate June 14, 2011 at 12:50 PM
No, David, they're at the Speedway on Shady Lane. F'-er was just standing in the middle of the aisle chomping on a doughnut talking to everyone. Had to walk around the overpaid statue to get my coffee.
Craig June 14, 2011 at 02:31 PM
If I was Manager at Speedway, I would encourage the Police to take their breaks in my store. Having them present is a huge deterrent to drive offs and theft, and most people are happy to see a cop being a real person. Hooliganism can become a huge problem- they are usually long gone before the police can respond. I suggest an inexpensive security camera system sold at Menards. It records everything to a hard drive which can be used to identify the punks. Strangly, once the cameras go up -they get noticed and the problems seem to stop immediately.
Nate June 14, 2011 at 03:05 PM
Craig, I see your point about Speedway, and perhaps that's why he was there. As for cameras....failed logic....Walmart has them all over and they're a crime hotspot. Or are you suggesting a residential use?
Craig June 14, 2011 at 04:38 PM
I was suggesting residential use, due to size and logistics it is fairly easy to cover all areas as opposed to a massive area like Walmart. When the police download the images from the hard drive it is irrefutable proof, and the thugs know it.
Nate June 14, 2011 at 04:44 PM
Then they just crossdress and shoplift.
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