Man charged after he shows up to sheriff’s substation high on drugs

Heriberto Regino Jr. high on drugs

A Milwaukee man made light work for deputies to arrest him after he drove to the Racine County Sheriff’s substation after driving there under the influence of heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy.

Heriberto Regino Jr., 31, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence of drugs (second offense). If convicted of both charges, Regino Jr. faces up to four years one month in prison and/or fines up to $11,600.

According to the complaint, Regino Jr. walked into the Racine County Sheriff’s Department substation on Tuesday to report that several cars were following him and the people in those cars had guns.

Covered in sweat and speaking very fast, he told the deputy that a white Dodge truck had followed him from Milwaukee to Highway 20. He parked in a spot for people with disabilities at the substation. The deputy noted that Regino Jr.’s spoke fast, had erratic thoughts, and had difficulty focusing on the situation. He was also sweaty and seemed “extremely paranoid.”

Regino Jr. told the deputy that a deputy from Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office stopped him and escorted him to the county line. But when the RCSD deputy contacted the Milwaukee County Dispatch and Milwaukee Police, they reported that they never had contact with Regino Jr.

He then asked that a deputy with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department follow him in his car to a family member’s house in Wind Point. Before allowing Regina Jr. to drive, the deputy performed a field sobriety test on him. He failed several of the tests.

Regino Jr. reported to the deputy that he did cocaine two hours before he arrived at the substation. Arrested for driving under the influence, the deputy found a packet of aluminum foil with a brownish wax inside it. That substance tested positive for ecstasy. They also found diazepam pills — which he didn’t have a prescription for — in his car.

He told the deputy that he took heroin in the morning and then later used cocaine to “even himself out.”

Racine County Court Commissioner John Bjelajac set a $3,000 cash bond for Regino Jr. He is set to be in court for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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