A Milwaukee man spent his birthday in the Racine County Jail instead of sleeping off a weekend of partying after Racine County Sheriff’s deputies say he was seen rolling a joint while trying to hitch a ride on I-94 to Alpine Valley.
Gabriel Aguad Baumgartner, 30, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of marijuana possession, two misdemeanor counts of bail jumping, and a single count of misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and/or up to $30,500 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, deputies Saturday were driving south on I-94 near the Highway 20 exit when they observed Baumgartner sitting in a blue folding chair on the side of the expressway. When deputies approached him, they clearly saw a plastic bag in Baumgartner’s lap filled with marijuana, and he was in the process of rolling a joint.
Deputies say when they asked Baumgartner what he was doing, he said, “I’m about to smoke this joint.” Baumgartner, the marijuana and his rolling papers were all taken into custody without incident.
When asked why he was on the side of I-94, the complaint reads, Baumgartner said he was trying to get a ride to Alpine Valley. He also produced a cardboard sign that read “Alpine Valley.”
Baumgartner – whose birthday was Monday – remains in the Racine County Jail on a $250 cash bond and a hold out of Milwaukee County for two cases and a warrant for his arrest. He will next be in court Aug. 12 for a preliminary hearing.