A 43-year-old Greenfield man is facing charges after he allegedly took a bottle of pills out of a car while the driver was being arrested for drunk driving.
Daniel Lopez III was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Friday with one count of passion of a narcotic drug. If convicted, he faces up to 3 ½ years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
At 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, Greenfield police officers were alerted to a possible drunk driver near South 60th Street and Layton Avenue, then told the car was parked on the west side of the street at South 48th Street and Layton. When officers arrived, they found a woman sitting in the driver’s seat of a Mercury Cougar while Lopez was standing on an air conditioning unit behind a residence.
Lopez told officers he lived at the home with his sister and officers were able to confirm it from the homeowner. They then took the driver of the car, Eva Poteet, into custody for drunk driving.
Lopez was told he was free to leave, however, he went back to the car, reached through the window and took something out and concealed it. Before he could reach the house, he was stopped by a detective, who discovered it was a pill bottle.
The bottle was a prescription for Oxycodone written for Lopez, but inside there were 51 Oxycodone pills of various strengths and 28 ½ Methadone pills. Lopez denied selling the drugs or knowing he had Methadone.
He’s currently being held in Milwaukee County Jail while awaiting trial.