Tattoo gives away man who lied to police about his name

Milwaukee resident who called Port cops to scene of overdose identified with help of back tat
Ozaukee Press staff

A 29-year-old man free on bail in connection with multiple criminal charges learned the hard way last month that it’s hard to get away with lying to police about your name when it’s tattooed across your back.

Devin M. Mehring, who called 911 at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19, to report that his friend was unresponsive at a home on Westport Drive in Port Washington, told officers his name was Devin Ausloos, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court.

Authorities could find no record of Devin Ausloos, but after dispatchers investigated further, they told officers they suspected the man was Devin Mehring, and if he was Mehring he would have his name tattooed on his back. Officers confirmed the tattoo and his identity.

Mehring is charged with obstructing an officer and three counts of bail jumping, two of which are felonies.

When officers arrived at the Westport Drive home, they found a woman on the floor not breathing. Mehring initially told officers that he wasn’t sure if the woman was a drug user but later said she had a long history of using opioids, the complaint states.

After receiving two doses of Narcan, a drug used to reverse an opioid overdose, the woman regained consciousness and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

As police were preparing to take Mehring to jail, he said he felt lightheaded, nauseous and sweaty. He was taken to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, where hospital employees reported that he was experiencing symptoms of a drug overdose and was given Narcan, according to the complaint.

Mehring later told police he had used heroin that he knew was laced with fentanyl the previous evening, the complaint states.

At the time of the incident, Mehring was free on bail in connection with three Milwaukee County cases charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of identity theft, two counts of misdemeanor theft and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon, according to court records.

Last year, he was convicted in Washington County of second-offense operating while intoxicated and felony bail jumping.

Mehring is charged in Ozaukee County as a repeat offender, which means he will face enhanced penalties if convicted.

He is being held in the county jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.


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