Deputy stuck by heroin needle in Milwaukee

Deputy hurt while executing search
Deputy stuck by heroin needle in Milwaukee

A Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy who was searching a suspect got stuck by a needle that was used to inject heroin.

The sheriff’s office said it happened after a three-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 94.

The suspect was a 51-year-old New Berlin man, who at first refused the deputy’s order to remain in his vehicle. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin said the deputy recognized him as someone he had recently arrested for OWI. She said the suspect claimed he didn’t have any drug paraphernalia, but when the deputy searched him he was stuck by a needle in the man’s shorts pocket.

The spokeswoman said the suspect now faces charges that could result in nearly seven years in prison.

The deputy is undergoing testing and treatment for the needle stick.