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Racine police say a 22-year-old Racine man is facing felony charges after a friend of his overdosed on heroin and was left on the side of a street during the weekend blizzard.
Jacob Boniface was charged Monday with felony counts of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety and possession of narcotics, both as repeat offenses. If convicted, he faces up to 16 years in prison and/or up to $35,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday to the 600 block of Hubbard Street for a report of a man down. Dispatch told officers that Boniface called in saying he found another man lying in the street who appeared to be breathing but who was “pale and blue.” The defendant told dispatch he could not stay on scene until police arrived.
Officers say that when they arrived, the man was “very out of it,” and not making sense when he tried to answer police questions about what happened to him. Rescue arrived and administered a dose of Narcan, which helped revive the man so he could start answering questions.
The man told police that he remembered being picked up by Boniface so he could go shovel for his boss, the complaint reads. At some point, they stopped to purchase a quantity of heroin and after using some, the man told Boniface that he may have used too much. He instructed the defendant to “do something” if he passed out, but didn’t remember anything else until he woke up in the ambulance.
Witnesses told police that Boniface called them to report what happened to the man, saying the man might be dead. Officers say Boniface admitted he and the man went to buy heroin but that he thought the man would be okay. “I pushed him out of my car, tried pouring water on his face to wake him up. I couldn’t wake him up, but he was breathing,” witnesses say Boniface told them.
Police located Boniface at his home, and during questioning admitted to pulling the man out of his car after the man used heroin and leaving him on the side of the road, the complaint reads. When officers took the defendant into custody he was holding the plastic ashtray insert from a vehicle and inside it was a baggie containing .2 grams of heroin.
Officers say the man was admitted to the SAIL program to get help for his addiction.
Boniface remains in the Racine County Jail on a $7,500 cash bond. He will next be in court Feb. 11 for his preliminary hearing.