Racine man over 4 times the legal limit charged with 2nd OWI


Drunk-DrivingMichael J Walker, 31 of Racine has been charged with Vehicle Operator Flee/Elude Officer, OWI (2nd) and Operating While Revoked (Rev due to alc/contr subst/refusal). He was given a $250 cash bond along with a $2,000 signature bond after making his initial appearance in Racine Circuit Court Friday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint, on April 7,2016 an officer on duty with the Racine Police Department observed the defendant who was driving westbound on 6th Street, drive through a temporary stop sign on Racine Street. The officer activated his lights and attempted to initiate a traffic stop at 6th and Memorial, when the defendant accelerated at a high rate of speed passing traffic, not stopping for police. The vehicle appeared to try to turn onto Rupert Ave but was operating too fast, went straight striking the curb on 6th and Kinzie and came to rest in the grass.

The driver exited the vehicle and was taken to custody and apologized to the officer for having “made an illegal turn back there”. The suspect was taken into custody after active warrants were confirmed and he had a revoked drivers license (OWI related)

According to the complaint officers observed an odor of intoxicants coming from the defendant and upon arrival Racine County Jail staff performed a “Portable Breath Test” which the defendant blew a .328. He was taken to Wheaten Medical Center to be medically cleared and to perform a Standard Field Sobriety Test he could not perform. The defendant consented to a blood draw, which was done by hospital staff and when medically cleared was transported to Racine County Jail, reports state.