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Racine police say a 59-year-old Racine woman is facing disorderly conduct charges after several motorists reported her drunken behavior in Island Park.

Deborah McClure was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with a single misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. If convicted, she faces up to 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Racine police were called to Island Park for reports of an intoxicated woman yelling at passing cars about giving her “some (expletive) money.” When officers arrived in the area, motorists flagged them down and said the woman was just seen crossing the bridge, staggering in the street and yelling at people to give her money and a ride.

Police say when they caught up to the woman – later identified as McClure – she was swaying and nearly fell over several times. Officers ran McClure through dispatch, and her name returned with a state Department of Corrections hold.

Online records at the Racine County Jail indicate the DOC hold involves disorderly conduct charges, absconding and alcohol use.

Officers transported McClure to the Racine County Jail and say she cursed her probation officer, police in general and others because she “didn’t do a (expletive) thing wrong,” the complaint reads. During intake McClure made statements about killing herself and listed the deaths of recent loved ones including family and “the love of her life” from conditions related to alcohol. She also bragged about drinking blueberry vodka but wouldn’t say how much she had consumed.

At some point, intake officers say they encouraged McClure to sing, “Lord, Teach Me to Take One Day at a Time” to cease her cursing and talk of killing herself.

As of Saturday evening, McClure remained in the Racine County Jail on a $100 cash bond with the conditions that she not possess or consume any alcohol and that she submit to random urinalysis as well as after every court date.

Her next court appearance is a pre-trial conference on April 17.