‘Whippet’ convict tries to flee police

By Brandi Makuski

A Milwaukee man is being held on multiple charges related to his third OWI offense.

Garth L. Post, 22 of Milwaukee, was pulled over at 2:11 a.m. Thursday morning near Phillips and Briggs streets, where he was seen driving without his vehicle’s headlights on.

Post initially identified himself using a false name, according to the complaint, and his behavior led officers to believe he may have been intoxicated. Another city officer and a sworn UWSP officer were nearby and also responded to the scene to assist.

“When the officer was backing up his squad so he could conduct a field sobriety test, Mr. Post thought it would be a good idea to get out of his vehicle and take a run,” said Assistant Police Chief Tom Zenner. “He didn’t make it very far.”

With the help of the two assisting officers, Zenner said, Post was quickly taken into custody without further incident.

Post was convicted in 2017 of resisting an officer, possessing a hazardous substance with intent to abuse (more specifically, Post was convicted of abusing the nitrous oxide from pressurized cans of whipped cream), and retail theft after stealing from a grocery store in Waukesha Co. He was on probation at the time of his July 5 arrest.

Initial charges for Thursday’s arrest include resisting/obstructing an officer, operating without headlamps, third-offense of operating under the influence, and operating a vehicle while revoked.

Post is being held at the Portage Co. Jail on $850 cash bond. He returns to court July 16.