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A Mount Pleasant man is in jail after he drove in the wrong lane, had an illegally obtained prescription, drug paraphernalia and narcotic drugs in his truck.

Joshua N. Bothe, 22, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Monday with possession/illegally obtained prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute schedule IV drugs, and possession of narcotic drugs.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years, one month in prison and/or could be fined $21,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Caledonia Police were called to aid a motorist at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at SAI Mart, 13600 7 Mile Road because Bothe said he was having issues with his steering. Prior to the call, police had received complaints of a motorist driving a white Chevrolet S-10 into the wrong lane on Six Mile and Foley Road. The complainant saw the truck pull into the SAI Mart and noticed that Bothe had fresh needle marks down his arm.

Bothe told police he was arrested Friday for possession of heroin. Showing the officers his arms, he said the last time he used heroin was on Friday. But he also had Suboxone and several other prescription medications.

A Caledonia Police officer noticed a needle on the floor in the truck. He was taken into police custody. After searching the truck further, they found several needles, Xanax bars, drug paraphernalia, heroin, ecstasy, and an AK-74 semi-automatic rifle. However, Bothe did have a valid Carry Concealed license.

Police also found money, several knives, prescription bottles, and a small pouch overflowing with hypodermic needles.

Bothe is being held on a $500 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 16.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.