“Voice of Menomonee Falls athletics” accused of driving under the influence of crack cocaine

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WAUKESHA COUNTY -- A Menomonee Falls man known by many as the "voice of Menomonee Falls athletics" for his work announcing nearly every high school sporting event in Menomonee Falls is facing charges, accused of driving under the influence of crack cocaine.

Gerald Mislang

Gerald Mislang

The accused is 66-year-old Gerald Mislang of Menomonee Falls.

If you have been to a Menomonee Falls High School sporting event, you have heard his voice.

He is facing four misdemeanor charges:

  • Possession of cocaine
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Failure to obey a traffic officer/signal
  • Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, third offense

According to the criminal complaint, early on February 9th, an officer was concerned after observing a vehicle that was possibly traveling the wrong way (westbound in the eastbound lanes of traffic) on Good Hope Road. The officer followed the vehicle, and observed it deviate from its lane of traffic multiple times.

The officer activated his lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

According to the complaint, the vehicle slowed and came to a stop, before taking off again.

The vehicle eventually stopped near Countryside Drive and Goldenrod Drive in Menomonee Falls.

The complaint indicates when officers asked Mislang why he did not stop, he said: "I have been drinking." When asked how much he had been drinking, police say Mislang said "too much." When asked "how much is too much," police say Mislang said: "I have been smoking crack cocaine."

Drug paraphernalia (crack pipes and a white substance that tested positive for cocaine) were observed in the vehicle, according to the complaint. A small corner tie-off plastic baggie was recovered from Mislang's person.

He was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mislang was taken to the hospital, where field sobriety tests were conducted. The complaint indicates Mislang performed poorly in those tests.

A preliminary breath test indicated a result of .000.

Upon seeing that result, Mislang said he hadn't been consuming alcohol, according to the complaint.

A sample of Mislang's blood was taken and sent to the Wisconsin Crime Lab for analysis.

The complaint makes reference to Mislang's previous convictions for implied consent and/or operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants or having a prohibited alcohol concentration in 1994 and 2009.

Menomonee Falls High School

Menomonee Falls High School

Officials with the School District of Menomonee Falls have released this statement to FOX6 News:

"Jerry has done more for the community than most of us will ever know. He has been a beacon of service to Menomonee Falls. We wish him and his family well."

FOX6 News spoke with Mislang's attorney, Jonathan LaVoy.

"He certainly has some personal issues himself, and he's trying hard to work on those as we speak," LaVoy said.

LaVoy said Mislang has already started treatment at the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

"Sometimes really good people have personal issues in their lives that causes them to make bad decisions. Or have addictions or those type of things," LaVoy said.

Mislang has helped to raise thousands of dollars for Menomonee Falls High School, and served as the coach of dozens of youth teams.

8 comments

  • tk421

    I don’t care how old he is, or how much money he has raised, or what “mask” he has been wearing for so many years, or the enduring nature of this guy….he belongs in jail, away from kids. A bunch of good deeds don’t erase what has been going on for a while now. This guy did not just start using yesterday. What happens the next time he is driving drunk or high and he kills a Falls students? These facts can be taken into account during his sentencing, but will send the wrong message to kids of he is not released from his work at the school.

  • horton

    How in the hell does a 66 year old end up using crack?? Typical school district remark supporting this guy who has been endangering the lives of others since at least 1994. Yes but he raised money for athletics so give him the free pass. A beacon of service drunk or under the influence of crack cocaine!! What a freaking joke!!

  • Lashonda

    seems like the school officials are standing by this garbage. mentioning all his accomplishments. who cares???? our kids deserve drug free teachers !!! I hate saying this but come on….if it had been a Black or Hispanic teacher…..yeah. ok.

    • el chappo

      Hes not a teacher, just a guy who announces sporting events and raises money for mfhs athletics.. He should be banned from the drug free school zone until he cleans himself up and stops buying crack from his hispanic or black dealers. Hahaha

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