Man charged with 7th OWI after suspected use of heroin

Plymouth resident found slumped over steering wheel outside Fredonia McDonald’s
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press staff

A Plymouth man was charged last week with his seventh offense of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after Ozaukee County Sheriff’s deputies found him slumped over his steering wheel in his car and later, authorities said, confessed to having injected himself with heroin.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit:

A woman called police after she found Anthony C. Niemuth, 32, asleep in his parked car just before 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, in a car lot near the intersection of highways 57 and K. Niemuth told her he hadn’t been drinking and drove off.

A half hour later, a deputy found Niemuth again asleep in his car parked in the McDonald’s restaurant parking lot in Fredonia. The car was not running but the key was in the “on” position.

In his lap was a syringe that appeared to have been used and in the seat next to him was an unmarked pill bottle that appeared to contain Xanax. Niemuth was extremely lethargic and spoke very slowly.

When emergency personnel arrived, Niemuth told them he had taken methadone that morning and later had taken heroin.

Court records show that Niemuth had been convicted of operating while intoxicated six times before in Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Ozaukee counties, that his driving privileges had been revoked and that he was free on bail on a drug charge in Sheboygan County at the time with the condition that he not possess or use illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.

In addition to operating while intoxicated, which is a felony, Niemuth is charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, bail jumping and driving with a revoked license. If convicted on all charges, he could be sentenced up to 13 years and four months behind bars.

Niemuth is in custody in the Ozaukee County jail. Bond is set at $20,000. He is next due in court Sept. 18.

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