REEDSBURG — A Wausau man faces charges from a July 14 arrest in Reedsburg after police said he was driving with a revoked license and had possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription.
According to the criminal complaint, when police stopped James J. Swartz, 37, for non-registration and no front licenses plates he admitted to police he knew he had a suspended license. Swartz was placed under arrest after officers ran a license check that revealed his license was revoked from a prior case and was transported to the Sauk County jail.
During the pre-booking process, police say staff discovered six unopened packages of Suboxone patches that had fallen out of his pants. Police say Swartz stated he did not have a valid prescription for the substance that is normally used to treat opioid addition. Swartz is out on a $1,000 bond and is not to possess or consume any controlled substances without a valid prescription or operate a motorized vehicle without a valid driver’s license.
If convicted he faces Class H felony and Class A misdemeanor bail jumping charges, he could face a fine of $10,000 each and nine months to six years in jail. He also faces felony charges for operating with restricted controlled substance fifth of sixth offense from a previous case in Columbia County.
Swartz’s next appearance in court is scheduled for September 12 at the Sauk County courthouse.