Man drove drunk, led deputy on high-speed chase, sheriff says

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A 36-year-old man is facing charges after he drove drunk, crashed his car into some road signs and led a deputy on a high-speed chase at 1:20 p.m. Monday.

The incident started in Caledonia and ended in Oak Creek, according to a press release by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.

The man was arrested and is now facing charges of knowingly fleeing and eluding a traffic officer, recklessly endangering safety, drunk driving (6th offense), and operating a vehicle while revoked. The man’s name is not being used because formal charges have not been issued by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

According to a press release by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department, a citizen reported seeing a car crash into some road signs on 7 Mile Road near the East Frontage Road. The driver continued to drive with a smashed windshield.

When deputies caught up with the man, they tried to initiate a traffic stop. But the man continued on. With lights and sirens on, the deputy followed the man in his squad car at a high rate of speed. The suspect drove north into Oak Creek and traveled at almost 90 mph. He then “suddenly pulled into the Colder’s furniture store.”

Waiting for additional squads from Oak Creek, the deputy waited at the entrance to the parking lot. After they arrived, they found the suspect’s car unoccupied. Law enforcement conducted a search and an Oak Creek Police officer found the man nearby.

The suspect showed signs of being drunk. After failing a field sobriety tests, a blood sample was taken.

Charges are now being sought by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.

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