Racine police say a 52-year-old Mount Pleasant man was drunk when he was involved in a scuffle with a retired law enforcement officer over the weekend.
John Caruso was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with a single felony count of operating while intoxicated, 5th or 6th offense. If convicted, he faces up to six years in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Racine police were called to the parking garage at Water Street and Park Avenue Saturday night for a report from a former law enforcement officer who had been attacked by a man later identified as Caruso.
Officers say the man and his wife pulled into a parking garage and Caruso pulled in after them, yelling and swearing out of his window. The man said Caruso pulled in very close and continued to shout things at him and his wife. The defendant reversed a bit and exited his vehicle, telling the man, “I’m going to get a piece of you!”
The man advised Caruso he was a retired law enforcement officer in an attempt to diffuse the situation, but Caruso didn’t back down, the complaint reads. The man used his law enforcement training to subdue the defendant until officers arrived. Neither the man nor his wife could explain what provoked the incident.
Caruso failed field sobriety tests and was booked into the Racine County Jail where he remained as of Monday night on a $1,000 cash bond, according to online court records. He will next be in court on Jan. 22.