James P. Hatlen

By Patricia Bogumil

Interim editor

A Waterford youth who reportedly tried to counteract a friend’s heroin overdose by injecting the friend with a drug used for that purpose faces charges in Racine County Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint:

Racine County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a rescue call at 2330 Knoll Terrace, Waterford, Dec. 1, at about 9:15 p.m.

Deputies found a 19-year-old youth lying on his back on the floor in an upstairs bedroom. He was unresponsive and not breathing on his own.

Two adults present in the home had performed rescue breathing on the youth until rescuers arrived.

Also present and standing over the unresponsive youth was James P. Hatlen, 19.

Hatlen said that his friend had injected heroin and was overdosing.

Hatlen said he had grabbed a vial of the drug, Naloxone hydrochloride, and injected the other youth in the upper thigh area to see if that would help counteract the effects of the overdose.

Hatlen told deputies that the other youth had used up all the heroin and Hatlen gave police the needle he said his friend had used.

Hatlen also handed over leafy material that was in his pockets and which later tested to be marijuana.

By that time, police report, the unconscious youth was responding to questions from rescue personnel and was alert.

With consent from the homeowner, deputies then searched Hatlen’s bedroom.

They reported finding numerous bottles of open hard liquor, two baggies containing marijuana, a marijuana pipe with burnt marijuana residue inside, $94 in cash and assorted drug paraphernalia, including a spoon that appeared to be bent for cooking heroin.

Hatlen is charged with felony possession to deliver tetrahydrocannabinols (THC, the active chemical in marijuana) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He faces a maximum of 3 years, 7 months in prison; $10,500 in fines; or both.


Hatlen made an initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court Dec. 2 and posted a $500 signature bond.

He is next due in court Dec. 7 for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is probably cause that he committed a crime and whether he should be bound over for trial.

The other youth has not been charged with a crime.  Both are reportedly June 2010 graduates of Waterford Union High School.