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Man Injures Friends in Crash After Smoking Fake Marijuana, Police Say

SUV was trapped underneath a parked semi trailer on Main Street in Menomonee Falls.

A user submitted photo of the crash. (Courtesy: Tami Joy)
A user submitted photo of the crash. (Courtesy: Tami Joy)

A 25-year-old West Bend man is accused of injuring himself and two friends after smoking synthetic marijuana and crashing his SUV into a parked semitrailer in Menomonee Falls, according to a complaint.

Roberto T. Gallegos was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Aug. 16 with two felony counts of operating while intoxicated causing an injury, felony operating while intoxicated-fourth offense, two counts of reckless driving causing injury and operating while revoked. He faces more than a dozen years in prison if convicted of the three felony charges.

Gallegos and his friends Adam G. Henke and Zachary M. Wernicke were transported to Froedtert Hospital after the SUV was trapped underneath a semitrailer on Main Street at Highway 41. While a blood drawn was taken for analysis at the hospital, his friends admitted they smoked synthetic marijuana they purchased in Greenfield after attending Henke’s court hearing, according to a criminal complaint.

Henke and Wernicke both suffered bruises, lacerations and scrapes.

Gallegos previously was convicted of drunken driving in July 2006, August 2009 and October 2011. His driver’s license is also revoked, according to the complaint.

John Wilson August 23, 2013 at 09:47 AM
"Gallegos previously was convicted of drunken driving in July 2006, August 2009 and October 2011." It is comforting, very comforting, to see that are OWI/DUI laws are so effective. This 25-year old has already racked up 3-OWI/DUI convictions and he is still out on our roads? On top of that, "synthetic" marijuana; you just don't know what is in any type of "street drug" as their is no quality control lab to guarantee the ingredients or content. While we will not have to worry about this guy for the next 5-6 years, what about the tens of thousands other folks driving on the roads of Wisconsin?
© Steve August 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM
What about them? A liberal is shocked that criminals do not follow laws, and wants more laws. Then thinks he smokes "healthy" pot.
Benedons, Inc August 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM
the stuff they were smoking has nothing to do with marijuana. they say that weird stuff they smoke makes you forget where you are, sort of like time loss, more like PCP.
John Wilson August 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Benedons, Inc - Yes, you are correct... my comment went more to the point of alcoholic drivers in "beer-country Wisconsin" who get countless "passes" on OWI/DUI offenses... this guy should have been sitting in prison since his 2nd OWI/DUI offence in 2009... In any event, driving is a "privilege" not a "right!"
bill zil August 27, 2013 at 04:04 PM
yes Gallegos is out on bail with 3 felonys and 3 misamenors this is his 4 in 5 years does not have license now and his friend adam had court on aug 12 not on aug 15 so someone is lieing you can check his last court date on wi. court access Gallegos needs to learned a lesson he should get at lest 12 years with out parole I just pray he does not hurt anyone now that he is release on bail I know all you get from drinking and druging is jail, instutions, and death this is where Gallegos is headed in my belief
bill zil April 19, 2014 at 11:11 PM
over a months and the court leaves this man keep dragging case on he doesn't deserve to have it to drag on he problem get probation instead of what he deserve i say he should get 6 yrs check on wi. court access and put his name in to check out the case sarah I hope you read this madd should check out how the court is dragging out this case I am a shame of this state to let this happen

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