Marshfield man charged with recklessly endangering safety
By Jacob Mathias
WOOD COUNTY — A Marshfield man is facing felony charges after allegedly assisting another individual inject heroin.
James Bourgeois, 26, is charged with second degree recklessly endangering safety, a class G felony with a maximum sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment or a $25,000 fine or both.
According to court documents, on April 4 a Wood County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the 300 block of Blodgett Street in Marshfield regarding a report of an unconscious and nonbreathing man reported by Bourgeois.
The deputy arrived with emergency medical services. The deputy reported the victim was breathing but gasping for breath. He had an unknown substance coming out his mouth and was pale and blue.
Bourgeois gave the deputy consent to search his home, where he reportedly found marijuana and drug paraphernalia, for which Bourgeois faces misdemeanor charges as well.
The sick man allegedly admitted to have been using heroin. Bourgeois reportedly admitted that he and the victim had purchased the heroin and used it together. He reportedly said he helped inject the drug into the victim’s arm because he was having trouble finding a vein.
Bourgeois is free on a $5,000 signature bond issued at his initial appearance in Wood County Circuit Court on Oct. 19.
His next court date has not yet been scheduled.