Andrew Wempe
Andrew Wempe

May 21, 2018

A 35-year-old Breda man who was shot in an altercation last month was arrested this week for having methamphetamine, marijuana, several small plastic bags and a digital scale to weigh the drugs in his car about two weeks before the shooting.

A deputy sheriff stopped Andrew Vernon Wempe in his car north of Maple River in the early morning hours of March 31, and a search of the vehicle found nearly an ounce of marijuana and a little more than 2 grams of meth, court records show.

Wempe faces two felony drug charges that together are punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Wempe and another man were shot in Breda on April 12 in an incident that was reported to law enforcement about 3:20 a.m.

Court documents show that an ongoing argument led to the shooting, and that the men abused illicit drugs.

“We suspect that drug use or a drug sale may have sparked this altercation,” Sheriff Ken Pingrey wrote in his requests for search warrants for a pickup truck, apartments and garages of the men involved.

In Wempe’s apartment were drug-smoking devices, small plastic bags with white powder, marijuana cigarettes, a radio scanner for monitoring law-enforcement communications and a brownish-white substance formed into a line on a glass tray.

The searches revealed other drug-related items in the other men’s possession.

Criminal charges in the shooting case are pending.