Mount Pleasant police say a 64-year-old man is facing his eighth drunk driving charge after hitting a car on the south side of the village and fleeing the scene.

Alan Lawrence, of Mount Pleasant, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of eighth operating while intoxicated and one misdemeanor count of hit and run of an attended vehicle. If convicted, he faces up to 10-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $26,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman around 4:15 p.m. Saturday in the area of Sheridan and Chicory Roads called police after her car was hit by another vehicle while she traveled north on Highway 32. The woman told officers the offending car was turning left onto Sheridan Road off of Larsen. She yelled at the driver – later identified as Lawrence – about stopping, but after first appearing that he would, Lawrence instead left the area.

Police say another witness who also saw the accident followed Lawrence as he drove south, then turned around to come back north and pull into his driveway. Officers went to Lawrence’s home and observed through a window open bottles of liquor on a table when their knocks on the door went unanswered.

At some point, police saw Lawrence get up and stagger to the door, running into the wall on his way there, the complaint reads. During questioning, Lawrence said he wasn’t in an accident and the failed field sobriety tests. He was transported to the hospital for a legal blood draw and then taken to the Racine County Jail.

Lawrence remains in the Racine County Jail on a $10,000 bond. He will next be in court March 17 for his preliminary hearing.

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