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A Racine man failed to make an initial appearance in Racine County Court Wednesday after he was charged with four counts of hit and run after he struck three vehicles with his truck and caused injuries to three people.

Justin Wood, 36, was charged Wednesday by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office. If convicted of all four charges, he faces up to two years six months in prison and/or fines up to $30,300.

According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Racine Police Department responded to a report of a hit and run car crash that happened in the 2500 block of Green Bay Road on October 22. A large trail of debris in the northbound lane led towards Home Depot. A woman traveling eastbound on Regency West Drive traveled into the intersection at South Green Bay Road. Wood, who drove a truck, traveled northbound. He failed to stop at the red light and crashed into her car.

The woman complained of neck pain. She was taken to the hospital and treated for her injuries.

Wood continued on and went into the next intersection. He crashed into a second car. The driver of that second car told officers that she was struck by Wood. Failing again to stop, he continued on, crossed three lanes of traffic, and turned onto 21st Street. He then struck another car and a traffic signal before coming to a stop.

In the third car, a man and his wife were traveling on 21st Street. When Wood crashed his truck into their car, the couple suffered injuries. They were taken to the hospital for treatment.

The truck — which had crashed into a traffic control light — pulled a trailer. It was parked in the median of 21st Street. The bare wires were exposed and gas leaked from the gas tank.

“Justin Wood exited the driver’s side of the pickup truck and appeared disoriented,” according to the criminal complaint.

Wood had no visible injuries and didn’t complain of being injured. But he complained of being tired. The officer noted that Wood had a white paste around his mouth, which is often “associated with using street drugs.”

He had a difficult time standing in one place and failed to follow the officer’s orders.

“While speaking with Wood, (the officer) observed Wood had slow/slurred speech, small pupils, and his eyes were only half-open,” the complaint reads.

A former heroin user, he told the officer that he had used methadone earlier that morning. A passenger in the truck had two syringes and a digital scale. The passenger told police he had a daily methadone injection but admitted that he used heroin after his injection.

Wood was taken into custody, but he either fell asleep or passed out. He was taken to Ascension-All Saints Hospital, but he couldn’t keep his eyes open long enough for the police to conduct field sobriety and drug tests.

He did consent to have his blood drawn.  Officers also found drug paraphernalia inside Wood’s truck.

Wood is expected to be in court at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 11.

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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.