An Acreage motorist who overdosed on heroin with an 11-year-old passenger in his car will not face a felony charge of child neglect.
David Charles Reitz, 28, died two days after his May 12 arrest from another overdose, according to a family member.
The details of Reitz’s death were unknown Friday, and an autopsy report completed by the Palm Beach Medical Examiner was not immediately available.
Reitz was arrested in Lake Park after the 11-year-old child, whose relationship to him is blacked out in the report, told a 911 operator that Reitz was driving “all over the road” and was either drinking or on drugs.
After managing to pull over at the intersection of Cypress Drive and Sixth Street, Reitz was found passed out by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, the report said. First responders administered four doses of Narcan — a nasal spray used as emergency treatment for suspected opioid overdoses — then rushed him to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.
Before overdosing, Reitz had stopped at a home on Silver Beach Road and emerged from the residence stumbling and appearing drunk, the child said. He continued driving erratically until the child asked him to pull over. Reitz passed out and the child called 911 on a cellphone, the report said.
During an interview at the hospital with a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy, Reitz denied drinking alcohol but could not explain the overdose.
An unidentified adult took custody of the child, the report said.
Reitz was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and released May 13 after posting a $3,000 bond. He died the next day. Court records show he was scheduled for a hearing on the child-neglect charge June 15.
A family member said that Reitz had battled drug issues.
State records show that Reitz spent more than two years in prison after he was convicted of drug trafficking in April 2013 and sentenced to 40 months.
Reitz went to Fort Pierce Central High School and posted on his Facebook page that he was a music producer and audio engineer.