PORTAGE | Bond was reduced Friday for a LaPorte dentist, who has agreed to go into a treatment center after being charged with dealing and possession of heroin.
Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa signed off on an agreement between prosecutors and defense to reduce Benjamin Porter's bond to $5,000 cash from either $16,000 cash or $150,000 surety.
The agreement calls for 30-year-old Porter to go directly to St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago upon his release from jail until room is available for him at Harborview Recovery Center, also in Chicago, said defense attorney Bryan Truitt.
When released from drug treatment, Porter will be placed on pretrial supervision.
When Alexa was informed this is Porter's first offense, the judge responded, "First one's a doozy."
Deputy Prosecutor Mike Drenth said if Porter leaves either facility early or otherwise fails to comply with the terms of his release, the bond will be revoked.
Porter was charged Wednesday with A felony dealing in a narcotic drug and C felony possession of a narcotic drug. The A felony carries a potential penalty of 20 to 50 years behind bars.
Portage police said they stopped Porter's eastbound vehicle at 7 p.m. July 29 on the Indiana Toll Road for weaving and driving 62 mph in a 40 mph zone in the area of the local toll booth.
After being triggered by the smell of alcohol, site of numerous medicine bottles in the car and Porter responding in a lethargic manner and sweating, police brought a dog to the site and the heroin was located.
Porter told police his career was over and said, "I make six figures and am a junkie," according to court records.