Drug investigation leads to manhunt in Ozaukee County

CREATED May 9, 2014

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RIVER HILLS -- A drug investigation in Ozaukee County led to a short manhunt.

A suspected heroin dealer, believed to be 23 or 24 years old, sped away from Mequon Friday morning. 

The man crashed his car on Good Hope Road before running into the woods and breaking into a nearby home to hide from authorities.

"It's a hell of a way to start a Friday," exclaimed Nick, who was inside his home when the suspect broke in.

"I opened the bedroom door, and there's just a guy there. He's looking at me, he's panting, he's all out of breath. He's got one shoe on. He was covered in dirt from head to toe," Nick explained.

The man was out of breath because he was running from police and sheriff's deputies.

"He was like, 'Yo, man, I'm going to be out of here in a minute. I'm going to be out of here in a minute,'" Nick described.

“He's asking me for directions so he could have a buddy pick him up or something. He's on the phone with someone the entire time […] I gave him a pair of my shoes to get the hell out of here.”

Deputies surrounded the home and wound up sending police dogs inside.

Authorities found him hiding in Nick's closet.

Nick tells us one of the dogs bit the man. Medics treated him on the scene and transported him to a local hospital.

Authorities haven't named the suspect, but they do tell TODAY’S TMJ4 he'll face a number of drug dealing charges.

Deputies have been investigating him for a few weeks and say the man was driving from Milwaukee to Ozaukee County to sell heroin.