Back in jail
Out on felony bail, a man was arrested again after police found meth.
Eric R. Leavitt, 32, New London, was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and two counts of felony bail jumping.
At 11:18 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, New London Police Officer Nick Kamba was dispatched to the New London Travel Plaza on Shawano Street.
An employee reported a car had been parked at the pumps for about 20 minutes without anybody pumping any gas. The driver then staggered into the store and went into the restroom.
Sgt. Josh Wilson joined Kamba as he waited for the driver, identified as Leavitt, to exit the restroom.
According to the criminal complaint, Leavitt is known to police as a meth user.
After speaking a while, Leavitt and the two officers left the store and walked to the vehicle Leavitt drove to the Travel Plaza.
Leavitt told the officers he borrowed the car, then said he needed to purchase a lighter and returned to the store.
Kamba reported seeing three cook caps in the car’s back seat. Cook caps are commonly used to heat heroin or meth for injection.
Kamba subsequently frisked Leavitt and found three needles.
Leavitt reportedly dropped a plastic gem pack on the floor while speaking with police. The small plastic bag contained 0.5 grams of meth, the complaint says.
On July 31, 2017, Leavitt was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. Judge Raymond Huber set a $2,500 signature bond, and Leavitt was released with the condition that he not possess any illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.
On Sept. 19, 2017, Leavitt was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and felony bail jumping. He remained in custody for five weeks on a $1,000 cash bond set by Judge Vicki Clussman.
On Oct. 26, 2017, Judge Troy Nielsen amended the cash bond to a $5,000 signature bond with the condition that Leavitt enroll in a drug treatment program. Another hearing was scheduled for Oct. 30.
On Oct. 30, Leavitt failed to appear in court, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On Dec. 26, Leavitt appeared in court on the warrant, and Huber set $1,000 cash bond as a condition of his release. Other conditions included that he maintain absolute sobriety and not possess any illegal substances.
On Jan. 9, Leavitt posted the cash bond and was released from custody.
Since his most recent arrest on Jan. 26, Leavitt has remained in jail on a $10,000 cash bond set by Nielsen.