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Sgt. Jim  Gardiner, of the Caledonia Police Department, conducts a traffic stop on a car that didn't have its lights on.In a hurry to catch a flight to Palastine, a Milwaukee man just missed colliding into a Caledonia Police officer after he failed to stop at a stop sign, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Alaa Alsaher, 19, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney with two counts of second degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of an electronic weapon, and carrying a concealed weapon. If convicted of all charges, Alsaher faces up to 26 years, nine months in prison and/or fined up to $70,000.

According to the criminal complaint, a Caledonia Police officer saw Alsaher driving a BMW 70 mph in a 35 mph zone at 2:32 a.m. Thursday, July 30. Traveling southbound on Nicholson Road near 7 Mile Road, Alsaher failed to stop the car at the stop sign and traveled into the intersection, which forced the officer to “employ evasive maneuvers” and brake suddenly to “avoid a potentially fatal collision.”

The officer turned his squad around and clocked the BMW traveling at 74 mph. When Alsaher pulled over, he told the officer that he was speeding and admitted that he didn’t stop for the stop sign. But he explained that he was “in a rush to get to the airport and fly to Palestine,” but he wanted to see his mother before leaving. Alsaher acknowledged that he knew the risk of ignoring the stop sign and almost crashing into the squad, but said he did so because he was in a hurry.

Alsaher had an active warrant out of Greenfield and the officer took him into custody. When the officer searched his car, he found a folding knife and a stun gun. Alsaher told the officer the weapons were for his personal protection, even though he doesn’t have a permit to carry the electronic weapon.

While en route to jail, Alsaher became angry because he was under arrest for “something so insignificant.” He often drives 74 mph “regardless of the speed limit,” regularly races other cars and was cited for driving 130 mph recently, according to the complaint.

Alsaher is being held on a $10,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Aug. 5 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner John Bjelajac.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.