Man crashes on I-43 after shooting heroin on the highway
MILWAUKEE - Monday afternoon, just before 2:00 p.m., deputies responded to a crash on I-43 westbound at the S. 84th Street on-ramp.
According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's office, WisDOT cameras showed that the truck had been stopped in the median distress lane when it began to slowly cross all three lanes of traffic, roll down an embankment, knock down a freeway sign, and crash into the on-ramp wall.
"The driver, Jacob Middleton, age 27, of East Troy, regained consciousness when Greenfield Fire Department arrived, and he was combative with them as they stabilized him," said Fran McLaughlin with the sheriff's office. "He was transported to Froedtert Hospital and treated for facial fractures and a laceration above his eye."
When searching Middleton's car, deputies found drug paraphernalia, including a tourniquet, bent needle and spoon. They also found 18 "bindles" of heroin in the ashtray.
According to McLaughlin, their investigation has showed that Middleton stopped in the median distress lane, placed a tourniquet on, cooked heroin in a spoon and injected it.
Middleton is being charged with DUI-1st/Drugs, Recklessly Endangering Safety, a Class G felony punishable with up to 10 years in prison, and Possession of Heroin, a Class E felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, for a total of 25 years possible imprisonment.