Sheriff: Man high on heroin crashes into church

Man arrested on 4th OWI charge
Sheriff: Man high on heroin crashes into church

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office said a man driving under the influence of heroin was arrested after crashing his truck into a church in the Town of Beloit.

Rock County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Henderson United Methodist Church in the Town of Beloit about 10 a.m. Saturday on a report of a crash.

Paramedics found Brian J. Mursa, 33, of Janesville, behind the wheel of a Chevy K1500 truck at the scene, according to a Rock County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Mursa wasn’t injured, and there was minor damage to the church, sheriff’s officials said.

Sheriff’s officials said the investigation reveals that Mursa was northbound on Cottage Avenue when he came to a stop at East Henderson Avenue. He proceeded into the intersection and drove onto the driveway of the church, where he failed to stay on the paved portion of the drive and struck a support beam located by the front entrance, officials said.

Deputies said Mursa appeared very lethargic and admitted to using heroin prior to the crash.

Mursa was subsequently arrested on charges of fourth-offense operating while under the influence, possession of heroin (less than one gram) possession of drug paraphernalia, and operating while suspended, according to the news release.

Mursa is currently being held in the Rock County Jail awaiting his initial court appearance on Monday.  

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