Man charged with 5th OWI after hitting squad car

kent koeshallKent Koeshall, 56 of Racine has been charged with his 5th OWI and was given a $3,500 cash bond after making his initial appearance today in Racine Circuit Court. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 1st.

According to the criminal complaint on June 21, 2015 at 2:38 a.m. officers responded to a fleet accident at Romayne and Douglas Ave. Upon arrival the responding officer found another squad had been hit that was on scene blocking a prior accident.  As officers began to speak with the defendant reports state that he could not tell police where he lived, his speech was slurred and he was not able to make eye contact. As police asked the defendant numerous times where he lived his reply was “West National”, according to the complaint.

Rescue was dispatched to the scene to rule out any medical issues with the defendant. The criminal complaint states that the defendant could not exit his vehicle without assistance of officers and once removed and started swaying back for forth numerous times almost falling over. The defendant refused to do the field sobriety tests stating that “they were impossible to pass”, and continued to argue and resist officers.

The criminal complaint states that  an officer asked the defendant if he had a valid Wisconsin Drivers License, where he replied to police that he has a relative that ran for State Senate.  At this point the defendant was informed he was being taken into custody and had to have help by officers being placed in the squad. Once inside the squad car the defendant told police he was going to throw up so he was removed and sat down on the curb where he laid on his back and turned on his side.  He was then taken to the Racine County Jail.