A Zion man is facing several drunk driving charges after police say he hit a Sturtevant police officer last March.
Bruce Catlin, 50, was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of operating while intoxicated, causing injury, second or subsequent offense and operating with prohibited alcohol concentration causing injury, second or subsequent offense. He is also facing one misdemeanor charge each of operating while intoxicated, third offense and operating with prohibited alcohol concentration, third offense. If convicted, he faces up to 14 years in jail and/or up to $24,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, a Sturtevant officer was on patrol at 11 p.m. March 14 when they turned north on Highway H from Braun Road. A driver – later identified as Catlin – was traveling southbound and swerving across the center divide on Highway H.
The officer says they steered to avoid the oncoming car, but Catlin sideswiped the squad car causing an injury to the officer. Wisconsin State Patrol was dispatched to the scene and detained Catlin who reportedly said he was on his way home from Kenosha when his vehicle was hit. When troopers attempted to administer field sobriety tests, Catlin refused.
A legal blood draw performed at 1:30 a.m. returned results of .154, nearly double the legal limit, the complaint reads.
At his initial appearance Wednesday, Catlin was assigned a $10,000 signature bond and ordered to not consume or possess any alcohol and not to drive. His preliminary hearing is May 28.
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