Teen accused of grabbing deputy’s wrist, driving off

Eighteen-year-old from Port faces felony charges after traffic stop last week
By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

A Port Washington teenager accused  of grabbing a deputy by the wrist, pushing her hand out of his car and driving off after being pulled over for speeding and questioned about the smell of marijuana in his vehicle last week faces two felonies.

Angel J. Abreu, who was arrested eight minutes later at his home, was charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court Monday with attempting to flee an officer and second-degree recklessly endangering safety. He also faces misdemeanor charges of obstructing an officer and possession of marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint, Ozaukee County sheriff’s deputy Maddie Morgan clocked Abreu’s vehicle at 89 mph in a 70 mph zone on I-43 in the Town of Port Washington and pulled him over at 6:55 a.m. Friday, June 10.

Morgan went to the passenger side of Abreu’s vehicle to speak with him and immediately noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the car, the complaint states.

A second deputy arrived and Abreu, whose driver’s license was suspended, was instructed to get out of the vehicle.

Instead of following the order, Abreu demanded to know why he needed to get out of his vehicle. When Morgan told him deputies had probable cause to search his car because of the smell of marijuana, Abreu denied his car smelled like pot, said he knew his rights and did not consent to the search and would be calling his lawyer. He then rolled up his windows and locked the doors, according to the complaint.

Deputies told Abreu they would break the windows of his vehicle if he did not get out of the car, but he continued to refuse.

Eventually, he rolled down the driver’s side window and attempted to hand Morgan his cell phone, telling her to talk to his mother, the complaint states.

Morgan took the opportunity to reach into the car and attempt to open the door from the inside, but Abreu grabbed her wrist. The deputy repeatedly told Abreu not to touch her, and eventually he pushed her hand out of the vehicle and drove away from the two officers, according to the complaint.

Authorities knew where Abreu lived and found his car parked outside his house. When they knocked at the door, Abreu’s mother opened it and began shouting at officers. Abreu then came to the door and began arguing with them about the traffic stop and ignoring command to step outside, the complaint states.

He was eventually arrested.

Abreu was released from jail earlier this week in lieu of $2,500 bail. He was ordered by Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams not to possess or consume intoxicants, including controlled substances.

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