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Sturtevant police say a Mount Pleasant teenager was high and in possession of pills and pot when he attempted to leave his car at Farm & Fleet for tires.
Charles Sytsma, 18, was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Thursday with one felony charge each of possession of a schedule IV narcotic and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. He is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, he could spend up to nine years, seven months in jail and/or be required to pay up to $20,500 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 6:51 p.m. June 14 to Blain’s Farm & Fleet, 8401 Durand Avenue, for a report of an intoxicated person at the tire service counter. When officers arrived, witnesses directed them to a man later identified as Sytsma.
Police say Sytsma’s skin and lips were pale, his eyes glassy and his pupils very small.
Witnesses told officers that Sytsma said he was “on ‘shrooms'” and had “messed up” his tires while driving to Wisconsin Dells, the complaint reads. After giving service personnel his car keys, the defendant also said he had to get rid of something and he would return shortly.
Police led Sytsma through standard field sobriety tests and placed him under arrest for operating while intoxicated. Officers say when they searched Sytsma, he had a quantity of Xanax pills in his pocket, and he admitted taking one. A search of the defendant’s vehicle turned up an additional two packages found in the side door compartment and a larger bag in the center console with seven smaller bags similar to the one found in Sytsma’s pocket.
The search also turned up in the center console a blue plastic bag labeled “detoxify herbal cleanse” and a drawstring bag from behind the driver’s door containing almost 80 grams of marijuana, a scale and an empty, clear glass jar, the complaint reads.
At his initial appearance Thursday, Sytsma was assigned a $10,100 cash bond and ordered not to possess or consume any controlled substances. He is also required to submit to random drug testing as well as after each court appearance. Sytsma will next be in court July 2 for his preliminary hearing.