December 13, 2011 | 04:36 PMELKHORN — A 32-year-old Lake Geneva man faces felony charges after he allegedly used heroin, fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into another vehicle causing injuries to two other people.
If convicted, Ryan P. Sowka, 835 Clover St., faces a felony charge of possessing heroin and two counts of operating under the influence of a controlled substance causing injury as a second offense.
Sowka was convicted June 24, 2002, for operating under the influence of an intoxicant, which elevates the offense.
If convicted of all counts, he faces up to 15-1/2 years imprisonment and $30,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Oct. 29, the Town of Bloomfield Police Department responded to a head-on collision that occurred on Highway 120.
At the scene, police spoke to Sowka, who was driving one of the vehicles involved in the crash. Sowka told police he fell asleep while driving.
Police searched the vehicle for identifying information and located a case containing several hypodermic needles, a needle containing a clear substance, cotton swabs, a bent spoon, a lighter and small plastic bindles containing heroin.
Inside the vehicle, police also located a container with numerous pills, which were suspected to be Clonazepam. After the crash, Sowka was transported to Froedtert Hospital by Flight for Life.
At the hospital, Sowka told police he had used heroin earlier in the day, and a blood draw was taken at 3:03 a.m. The crash occurred at about 12:10 a.m.
At the scene of the accident, police spoke to the 16-year-old driver and 16-year-old passenger.
The driver said she was traveling south on Highway 120 when she observed a vehicle completely enter her lane of traffic.
The driver attempted to swerve to avoid the crash, but was struck by the vehicle, which was in her lane of traffic.
The driver reported to police that her nose was bleeding as a result of the crash. Both the driver and passenger were transported to the hospital after the crash as a result of the injuries suffered in the collision.
The passenger was treated for neck pain and was diagnosed with a cervical strain. The driver was treated for knee pain.