A man is in jail after he was unable to get help for his addiction to heroin, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Michael Cantwell, 35, of Sturtevant, was charged Monday with three counts of bail jumping after he was unable to get help for his addiction to heroin while he was using. If convicted of all charges, Cantwell faces up to seven and a half years in prison and/or fines up to $30,000.

According to the criminal complaint, a friend of Cantwell’s took him to Roger’s Memorial Hospital earlier in the day, but they said he needed to be medically cleared before they admitted him. At 10:39 p.m. Thursday, Caledonia Police received a call from a Roger’s Memorial Hospital staff member saying that Cantwell called them saying he planned to commit suicide by taking prescription medication and asked if he could check himself into the hospital. Sounding incoherent, the person asked if he had used heroin. Cantwell said he couldn’t remember the last time he used, but he felt like he was going through withdraws.

An officer with the Caledonia Police Department called a woman with the Racine County Human Services Department, who told him that if he wanted him to be evaluated then he should bring Cantwell to the emergency room.

When police made contact with Cantwell at his residence in the 5600 block of Brookhaven Dr., he had trouble staying awake and his speech was slurred. After becoming unresponsive, rescue workers from the Caledonia Fire Department had to give Cantwell Narcan, a drug that reverses the effects of heroin. He also received another dose at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare — All Saints Hospital.

After Cantwell was conscious, he voluntarily admitted himself to the hospital. Once he was medically cleared, Cantwell was taken to jail because he violated the conditions of his bond where he remains in jail.

A preliminary hearing has been set at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 18 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.


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