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St. Charles Township man charged with heroin possession after falling asleep while driving

Mark J. Zivic, 24, of St. Charles Township, has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a felony, allegedly fell asleep while driving along Randall Road in Elgin.
Mark J. Zivic, 24, of St. Charles Township, has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a felony, allegedly fell asleep while driving along Randall Road in Elgin.

ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles Township man who allegedly fell asleep while driving along Randall Road in Elgin is facing heroin possession charges.

Mark J. Zivic, 24, has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a felony.

Kane County prosecutors and the Elgin police allege that about 5 p.m. Feb. 27, Elgin police received a 911 call reporting a motorist who appeared to be falling asleep as his vehicle was stopped at traffic lights along southbound Randall Road in the area of Route 20, according to a news release from the Kane County State's Attorney's Office. A responding Elgin police officer saw the vehicle near Bowes Road.

The officer approached the vehicle and after talking to the driver, Zivic, searched the vehicle and found heroin packaged in multiple plastic bags, the release stated. A Kane County judge set Zivic’s bail at $7,000 with 10 percent ($700) to apply for bond, and set Zivic’s next court appearance for 9 a.m. March 21.

Zivic posted the bond and was released. In 2017, he was accused of selling his parents’ televisions, computers, videos, music and sports equipment as well as the family’s snow blower for drugs and cash, sheriff’s reports stated.

He was charged with felony theft, civil law violation for possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. In April 2016, Zivic was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of marijuana, illegal transportation of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident following a one-car crash in the 6N300 block of West Ridgewood Lane, St. Charles.

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