A Muskego man crashed while getting onto Interstate 94 on Sept. 20, and deputies suspect he was driving after using drugs, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.
Jarrod Lapotko, 23, crashed his red pickup truck while trying to enter the interstate from the east frontage road, near the Highway 20 northbound on-ramp. A tire had fallen off the truck, and it struck a median wall, according to court records.
Lapotko had several small cuts on his arms and hands, but said he had no serious injuries. He told deputies he struck the median on the east side of the on-ramp, which sent him head-on into the wall on the west side of the ramp. His air bags deployed, and deputies said he seemed nervous and avoided questions.
Deputies found a silver cylinder containing numerous pills in Lapotko’s pocket, and he admitted taking Vicodin before getting in the car, according to the criminal complaint.
Lapotko failed field sobriety tests, and also failed tests administered by a drug recognition expert. A blood sample was taken at the hospital.
Lapotko is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics and drugged driving.