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Michael Wagner

A Milwaukee man was charged after he admitted to being under the influence of Suboxone, a drug used to treat opiate addiction, and was driving into oncoming traffic, according to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Michael Wagner, 41, was charged with driving under the influence (4th offense in five years) and driving while revoked (OWI-related) by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Friday. If convicted, Wagner faces up to six years in prison and/or fines up to $13,100.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer from the Caledonia Police Department pulled over Wagner for reckless driving at 4:56 p.m. Wednesday on Douglas Avenue and Six Mile Road. The complaint told police that they saw a white van weaving into oncoming traffic and going off the road. Because the van didn’t have a working turn signal, Wagner signaled to police that he was turning left into a gas station by putting his arm out the window at a 90 degree angle.

Police noted that Wagner had slurred speech.

After failing a field sobriety test, the officer gave Wagner a preliminary breathalyzer test that showed he hadn’t been drinking. However, Wagner told police that he was taking Suboxone because he was trying to quit opiates, but he doesn’t have a prescription for the drug, which is used to treat opiate addiction.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.