Convicted felon faces possession of firearms and drug charges following Wheatland crash investigation | Crime and courts


A 33-year-old Neenah man, previously convicted of a felony, was charged in Kenosha County Circuit Court this week after he was found with a handgun in his vehicle during an investigation into an accident in Wheatland.

Emmanuel Odell Grant Jr., of the 1500 block of Collins Street, is released from custody on a $1,000 cash bond. He is due back in court on February 1 for a preliminary hearing before Commissioner Larry Keating.

He also faces two counts of narcotics possession and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

The charge of possession of firearms carries a maximum prison sentence of five years, plus five years of prolonged supervision and a fine of $25,000. The narcotics charges each carry 18 months in prison, plus two years of prolonged supervision and a $10,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to Interstates 83 and 50 at 8:17 a.m. on Jan. 13, after a caller advised a gray Lexus Sedan had slipped into a standard traffic jam, which was blocking a lane of traffic. Grant had parked his vehicle in the parking lot of the Wheatland Convenience Center, 33703 59th St., and sustained heavy damage to the front end.

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Police found Grant inside the store and he denied having had an accident. The officer also detected a strong odor of intoxicants, observed that his speech was slurred, and his eyes were glassy and bloodshot. Grant told police he was with another man who was driving, but could not provide details about that person, the complaint states.

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Grant, who was also cited for his first drunk driving offence, eventually admitted he was driving. He said he was heading west on Highway 50 and lost control due to snowy road conditions. He told police he had been drinking at a reception in Appleton “two to three hours” before the crash.

Police found a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun between the driver’s seat and the center console, along with several empty liquor bottles and pill bottles containing 38 pills which were later determined to be adderall, a schedule II drug. The pills also tested positive for the presence of fentanyl, the complaint states.

Court records show Grant was convicted of escape in November 2020 in Walworth County.


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