By Jacob Mathias
After being discovered in a parking lot having a seizure in his car, a Stevens Point man faces multiple felony charges.
Jesse Pietrzak, 26, is charged with felonious possession of methamphetamine, a charge for which he could see up to a $10,000 fine, or three years and six months imprisonment or both if convicted. As the defendant is a repeat offender, an additional four years imprisonment can be added to his sentence.
He is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of up to a $500 fine, or 30 days imprisonment or both if convicted though an additional two years imprisonment can be imposed due to the repeat offender status.
The defendant’s repeat offender status comes from being found guilty of battery to a law enforcement officer on February 29, 2014.
Pietrzak makes his initial appearance in Portage County Circuit Court on May 16 at 1:30 PM.
According to court documents, at 7:46 PM on April 25 a Plover Police officer was dispatched to Infinity Foods on Tall Pine Drive in the Village of Plover in response to a medical emergency. Upon arrival, the officer encountered an unconscious man, later identified as Pietrzak, in a car who appeared to be having convulsions.
Emergency medical personnel soon arrived, treated Pietrzak and took him to a hospital.
The responding officer spoke with a male witness on the scene, who said he was working inside Infinity Foods when a coworker informed him that Pietrzak was unresponsive in the car. When they found Pietrzak he appeared to be having a seizure.
The officer asked the witness if the defendant had been using any drugs and was told he only used marijuana. The officer informed the witness that marijuana wouldn’t induce that kind of reaction and further questioning revealed that Pietrzak may have been under the influence of methamphetamine.
A pouch found in the defendant’s pocket during treatment by EMTs was searched and found to contain 0.3 grams of methamphetamine, a razor blade and a glass vial containing a clear liquid. A search of the car also uncovered a digital scale, a broken mirror with white residue, a 1/8 ounce measuring spoon and a syringe containing a clear liquid. A bong was also found in the trunk of the vehicle.
The syringe has been sent to the Wisconsin Crime Lab for further testing.
Pietrzak is current free on a $2,000 signature bond.