Admitted drug addict charged with OWI, Port burglary

Man tells cops he smokes ‘enough dope to drop an elephant’ after traffic stop
By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

A 29-year-old Port Washington man who after being pulled over last week told an officer that he constantly uses cocaine and heroin and smokes “enough dope to drop an elephant” faces felony drug possession charges, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court.

Justin L. Scharp was also charged with burglary after officers found several items in his car that are believed to have been stolen from a Port Washington home.

Scharp was pulled over in Saukville at 11:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, after an Ozaukee County sheriff’s deputy ran the license plate of his car and discovered it was not properly registered and Scharp’s driver’s license was suspended.

Before the deputy even approached Scharp’s vehicle, he saw him waving his hands and heard him yelling incoherently.

When the deputy asked him if he had used drugs, Scharp, who appeared fidgety and spoke rapidly, denied it. He said he was stressed out because he had been sleeping in his car, the complaint states.

A Sheriff’s Office dog, however, detected narcotics in the vehicle, and deputies who searched it found cocaine and fentanyl, which Scharp said he thought was heroin.

They also found a powder wrapped in a Walmart receipt that Scharp described as “some test trial (expletive).

“I was a guinea pig,” Scharp said, according to the complaint. “It was a free sample.”

The powder turned out to be diphenidine, which is not a controlled substance.

According to the World Health Organization, diphenidine, which is sold as a designer drug, is a psychoactive compound that can cause ketamine-like effects and induce hallucinogenic states that lead to feelings of being detached from one’s body, as well as severe intoxication and death.

Scharp told deputies that he had used both cocaine and heroin about an hour before he was pulled over and said he takes the drugs multiple times a day, the complaint states.

Scharp, who told officers “I am not going to prison” and “I will not see the sun rise,” tried to choke himself with a seatbelt as he was being taken by officers to a hospital to have his blood drawn, according to the complaint.

When searching Scharp’s car, officers also found several items stolen from a Port Washington home a week earlier.

That home is owned by a man who called police on Sunday, May 8, to report that someone had stolen numerous items from his garage and house.

The man showed an officer footage from a doorbell camera that showed Scharp knocking on the door of the house at 10 a.m. that day, then walking away, according to the criminal complaint.

Among the stolen items were electronics, power tools, an AR-15 rifle and as many as 800 rounds of ammunition.

Also found in Scharp’s car were more than 20 car keys and jiggler keys, which are used by locksmiths and people who repossess vehicle to unlock cars.

Scharp apparently stashed other stolen items at the house of an acquaintance, which were discovered after the homeowner allowed authorities to search his property, the complaint states.

Scharp told authorities he had gone to the house from which the items were stolen on May 8 to borrow a compressor but denied entering the house or garage, according to the complaint.

Scharp is also charged with second-offense driving while intoxicated and bail jumping, which stems from a possession of drug paraphernalia charge filed in April.

He’s currently being held in the county jail on a total of $13,000 bail.

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