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Drunk Driving

by Heather Asiyanbi

Village Of Mt. Pleasant Police Department officers say they arrested a 38-year-old Racine woman for her fourth OWI in five years after she and a friend caused a disturbance at a local hotel.

Tanya Mamula was a no-show in court Thursday to face a felony charge of operating while intoxicated, fourth in five years; felony operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration, fourth in five years; and two misdemeanor bail jumping charges. If convicted, she faces up to 13-1/2 years in jail and/or up to $40,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called Nov. 10 to the Comfort Inn, 1154 Prairie Drive, for a report of a disorderly guest. When officers arrived, a man told them he was staying at the hotel and was locked out of his room.

Police say they made contact with a woman inside the room – later identified as Mamula – who the man said had been drinking and taking pills. The hotel manager opened the door of the room and told both Mamula and the man they had to vacate the premises immediately.

Officers noted that Mamula appeared extremely intoxicated and that they could see empty bottles of vodka and soda, a box of wine and that half a 30-pack of beer was gone, the complaint reads. They warned the pair that though they had to leave the hotel, they should not drive.

Police went around the building in the direction they saw Mamula and the man go and observed a Jeep driving straight toward them. Officers swerved to avoid a collision and noted that Mamula was behind the wheel as the vehicle passed by, the complaint reads, so they initiated a traffic stop.

Mamula failed all field sobriety tests, police say, and refused a legal blood draw so they obtained a search warrant. Results returned from the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene indicate her blood alcohol was .255.

Online court records indicate Mamula was a no-show in court Thursday, and a warrant will be issued for her arrest.