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A 24-year-old Racine man faces felony charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and attempting to flee or elude an officer, along with two misdemeanors, after his arrest Tuesday.

Charles E. White appeared Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court on an initial appearance. The Racine County District Attorney’s Office also is charged with misdemeanor counts of drunken driving (third offense) and obstructing an officer.

If convicted, White faces up 15 years three months in prison and/or fines up to $47,000.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Racine Police officer on patrol attempted to stop the defendant’s vehicle for two traffic violations. As the defendant exited an alley, with the officer behind, he allegedly took off at a high rate of speed southbound on Valley Drive and eastbound on 12th Street. Speeds eventually reached about 70 mph before the defendant stopped the vehicle on South Memorial Drive.

The officer noted in the complaint that several vehicles narrowly avoided colliding with the defendant’s vehicle as he traveled in the southbound lane of South Memorial Drive.

When the White exited the vehicle, he stumbled and fell to the ground, but regained his footing and attempted to flee. The defendant eventually was taken into custody, and officers stated they immediately could smell alcohol coming from his breath.

During the arrest, police seized a handgun from White’s front pants pocket. He was later transported to a hospital for a legal blood draw.

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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.