Racine police say a 29-year-old man is facing his third operating while intoxicated charge after he rear-ended another vehicle Monday evening.
Nicholas Delgado, of Racine, was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count each of third offense OWI and carrying a concealed weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 21 months in jail and/or up to $12,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 6:20 p.m. Monday to the intersection of Rapids Drive and Golf Road for a report of an accident. When officers arrived, they found a woman sitting in her car, and she told them she was stopped for a red light when a car rear-ended her. She was not injured, but the driver of the offending car suffered unspecified injuries that were non-life threatening.
Police say the driver of the car – identified as Delgado – denied drinking or doing any drugs prior to driving. He also tried to hide a knife with a 4-inch blade in the space between car cushions, and when officers patted him down they found ammunition and brass knuckles in his pockets. Police note in their report they did not smell intoxicants emanating from the defendant.
Delgado was so unsteady on his feet officers were afraid he’d get hurt doing field sobriety tests so they sent him with rescue to go to the hospital for treatment of his injuries, the complaint reads. In the emergency room of Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s, Delgado consented to a legal blood draw but wouldn’t stay in bed and tried to stuff his pockets with various items like a blood pressure cuff, gloves and tissue.
Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch assigned Delgado a $3,000 cash bond, and he remains in the Racine County Jail. He will next be in court June 4 for a pre-trial conference.