Hit-and-Run Suspect Also Faces Drug Charges
Michael Frey of Saukville was arrested after hitting his friend, Chris Morano, with his car and fleeing the scene. Police later found drugs in his impounded car, so he is facing additional charges.
A 20-year-old Saukville man charged with hit-and-run causing injury after striking a pedestrian — who turned out to be a friend — is now also facing charges for possession of narcotics and possession of a controlled substance.
After posting his $500 bond in connection with the hit-and-run charges, Michael Frey stopped at the Port Washington Police Department, as well as the district attorney's office, to request access to his car to retrieve a few items, including an iPod.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court:
Frey's car had been impounded after the accident that sent 22-year-old Chris Morano to the hospital with a head injury and bruises in his left elbow, according to police reports.
In the meantime, Port Washington officers had learned from an unidentified person that Frey had a secret compartment below the shifter of his car, in which he kept drugs.
Officers told Frey they would retrieve the iPod, and also conduct a search for other valuables. In doing so, they found 33 Oxycodone Hydrochloride pills in an unlabeled bottle below the shifting compartment; they also found a bag of Suboxone films.
Suboxone is a substance used to treat dependence to opioids, according to Suboxone.com. Oxycodone Hydrochloride is an opioid, according to FDA.gov.
In talking with police, Frey said he was not a drug dealer and that he "had a problem ... (and) started to use the Suboxone to help his problem," the report said.
Including the hit-and-run incident, Frey now faces two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge. If convicted, he faces four years, three months and 30 days in prison as well as $20,500 in fines. He is set to appear in court for his initial appearance at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 6.