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Man Charged with Drugged Driving After Stealing Gas

A West Allis gas station owner followed the Menomonee Falls driver until the suspect's car stalled out on Moorland Road in front of a Brookfield McDonald's.

A Menomonee Falls man fled a West Allis gas station without paying and drove erratically until stalling out in front of a where he told an officer he was suffering heroin withdrawls, charges allege.

John P. Sporer, 30, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Monday with third offense operating while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle after revocation of license and bail jumping. If convicted, he faces up to two years in jail and $14,500 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 10:54 a.m. Saturday, a Brookfield police officer on foot patrol in the 300 block of Moorland Road received a report that a car left a West Allis gas station without paying and was now northbound on Moorland Road. The Brookfield officer saw the vehicle stopped in front of McDonald’s.

The driver — Sporer — tried to get out of the vehicle, but he nearly fell into traffic and the officer ordered him back inside his vehicle. He denied drinking, but didn’t answer when asked if he had taken drugs before driving.

Shortly afterward, the owner of the West Allis gas station pulled up and told police he had followed Sporer since he fled the gas station. He said Sporer lost control of his car in the 127000 block of Cardinal Crest and ended up driving onto a lawn before re-entering the roadway.

The gas station owner said his brother then drove his car in front of Sporer, but Sporer accelerated into the back of that car, then reversed into his car.

Sporer continued to drive until his car stalled in front of McDonald’s.

Sporer told police he was a heroin addict and was going through withdrawals. Officers found numerous syringes inside his car.

Sporer was previously convicted of OWI in 2007 and 2008. He was being held in Waukesha County Jail on $5,000 bond.  

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