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A report of a reckless driving complaint Monday in Racine led to a third charge of drunken driving against a 61-year-old Racine woman, who told police she was driving to a support group for her drinking problem.

The misdemeanor charge against Vicki R. Musil could bring a fine of $2,000 and a year in jail. Musil is also charged with misdemeanor bail jumping, which each carry a $10,000 fine and nine months in jail.

Court records indicate Musil has previous drunken driving convictions in 1992 and 1996, both in Racine.

According to the criminal complaint:
Police learned that a red Chevrolet was swerving in the area of 19th Street and Taylor Avenue, hit one vehicle and nearly struck a fire hydrant.

Musil, whose driver’s license had previously been suspended, told police she was driving home and didn’t realize she had crossed the centerline when she struck the other vehicle. The driver of that vehicle told police she was pregnant and in minor pain.

A series of field sobriety tests showed numerous clues of impairment in Musil, the complaint states. A preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol content of .250.

Musil allegedly told police she had consumed between a half and a whole pint of vodka. She is scheduled to return to Racine County Circuit Court for a status hearing at 8:30 a.m. May 14.

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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.