Mount Pleasant man receives 8th drunk driving charge

8th drunk driving

A Mount Pleasant man is being held on a $15,000 cash bond after being accused of his 8th drunk driving incident, according to the Racine County District Attorney’s office.

Hugo Toscano Martinez, 48, of Mount Pleasant, was charged with drunk driving (8th offense). If convicted, Martinez faces up to 12 years six months in prison and/or fines up to $25,000.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer with the Mount Pleasant Police Department was stopped at a red light on Oakes Road near the House of Harley dealership at 11:21 p.m. Sunday. Martinez, who was driving a GMC pickup truck and stopped in front of the police officer, drove through the red light.

When the officer conducted the traffic stop, he could smell the odor of alcohol coming from Martinez. The officer asked where he was going and why he drove through the red light. Martinez explained that he was tired and looking for a hotel.  He then pointed to a nearby hotel and admitted to drinking “a couple of beers a couple of hours ago.”

Because Martinez had an operating restriction of no alcohol level higher than .02, the officer believed he could be higher than that based on his behavior so he asked him to do a field sobriety test. The officer asked Martinez to get out of the car and when he did, he stumbled out and lost his balance. Each time the officer asked him to do the sobriety test, Martinez refused.

While the officer arrested Martinez for failing to comply with orders, he again lost his balance and stumbled so much that the officer had to block him with his body so that he wouldn’t fall into traffic. Martinez also refused to submit to a blood draw and the officer had to seek a warrant. Once the warrant was issued and handed to Martinez, he then complied with the request and gave a blood sample.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 22 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.

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