Woman charged with 2nd OWI and going over 100 mph with small child inside vehicle

Melanie Alvarez-Larison-RCJ

Melanie L Alvarez-Larison-RCJ

Melanie Alvarez-Larison, 36 of Pleasant Prairie has been charged with OWI (2nd w/ Passenger < 16 Yrs Old), 2nd-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Operating While Revoked (Rev due to alc/contr subst/refusal), Speeding on Freeway (25-29 MPH), and iolation of Child Safety Restraint Requirements – Child under 4 Years of Age. She was given a $2,500 cash bond after making her initial appearance today in Racine Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint, on July 5, 2015 at 2:38 a.m. a Trooper with the Wisconsin State Patrol was monitoring traffic on Southbound 94 in the Town of Raymond when he observed a vehicle going 97 mph in a 70 mph zone according to his radar unit. As the trooper tried to pull the vehicle over it exceeded to speeds of 106 mph and finally stopped at I-94 just south of 2 Mile Road.

As the trooper approached the vehicle he observed the defendant, and a small child secured in a car seat but the car seat was not secured in the vehicle. The trooper noted that the defendant had track marks (scars) on her arm, along with food all over the defendants face and hair and spilled pasta in her lap. The defendant told the trooper that she had been passing another vehicle when he pulled her over. The State Trooper explained to her that there were no other vehicles around and according to the criminal complaint the defendant “seemed confused and replied “really?” When asked by authorities if she had been drinking she responded “one Bloody Mary”.

The complaint states that she was asked to step out of the vehicle at that time the noodles fell from her lap. Troopers asked her to take a PBT test which she refused but subsequently offered a breath test which came back at .159. The defendant was transported to the Racine County Jail and upon admission at the facility. It was discovered that she had two pieces of small plastic that had a white powder residue with a brown tint on it which based on training, the State Trooper believe was Heroin. When questioned she told officials “you know what it is”.