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Editor’s note: Racine County Eye receives criminal complaints from the Racine County District Attorney’s Office. These people have been charged with a crime in Racine County. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted.

Man charged after buying drugs from an informant

An undercover drug purchase of 20 pills last May could lead to a $50,000 fine and 15 years in prison for a 37-year-old Racine man.

Larry C. Nesbitt was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with a felony count of delivery or schedule I or II narcotics as a repeat offender.

Nesbitt was back in court Tuesday afternoon for an adjourned initial appearance. Court records indicate that Nesbitt has two previous drug convictions in 2001 and 2002 in Juneau County.

According to the criminal complaint:
Investigators from the Metro Drug Unit made a controlled buy from Nesbitt on May 9, 2017, with the use of a confidential informant.

The informant and the defendant met in the 3000 block of Erie Street, where the informant purchased 20 Oxycodone or Oxycontin pills for $180.

Man tells cop he was driving erratically because his friend kept calling

A 55-year-old Waterford man faces his fourth drunken driving offense after his arrest Monday in the Town of Norway.

The felony charge filed Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court against James T. Fitzgerald could lead to a $10,000 fine and six years in prison.

Fitzgerald has previous drunken driving convictions in 1992, 1997 and 2001 in Oneida and Racine counties, according to court records.

According to the criminal complaint:

A deputy on patrol on East Main Drive and Gale Road at about 3:08 a.m. observed the defendant’s vehicle traveling back and forth in its lane and left of the center line.

Fitzgerald told the officer he was unable to stay in his lane because he was “in a hurry because a friend had just got beat up and needed my help” and that he “might have been driving all over the road because my friend kept calling me, and I was trying to answer the phone.”

The officer stated she could smell intoxicants coming from the defendant, who stated he had consumed two beers. When he stepped from his vehicle, the officer stated he had to grab the vehicle to avoid losing his balance. A portable breath test revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.156.

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.