Racine man in court on reckless driver charge

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Joseph Powell

A claim by a man that a reckless driver was trying to run him down led to a felony charge filed Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court.

Joseph Jeffery Powell, 50, faces a felony charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, which carries a fine of $25,000 and 10 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint:

Officers with the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded May 16 to the area near Kohl’s Department store to assist a Racine officer with a reckless driving complaint.

The victim told police that Powell instigated a chase and tried to run him off the road to retaliate for a traffic complaint the victim had brought against the defendant.

Police viewed a video captured on the victim’s cell phone that showed the defendant’s vehicle traveling 85 mph is 35 mph zones, failing to stop at stop signs, almost hitting a person on a bicycle, recklessly driving through subdivisions and driving over a sidewalk.

Held on a $1,000 bond, Powell will be back in court Aug. 8 for an 8:30 a.m. preliminary hearing.


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