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Mount Pleasant police say a 38-year-old Sturtevant man is facing his fifth operating while intoxicated offense and a handful of misdemeanors after police were called to the scene of a car fire.

Dennis Rumler was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with felony operating while intoxicated, 5th or 6th offense; four misdemeanor counts of bail jumping; and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces up to nine years, three months in prison and/or up to $51,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 4 p.m. Sunday to the 10100 block of Braun Road for a report of a car fire. When officers arrived, they found a car fully engulfed in flames and a second car parked well behind it with two female occupants and a man standing outside. He was later identified as Rumler.

Officers say Rumler said he was driving over the train tracks when he noticed his car was smoking. By the time he pulled it over, there were visible flames. Two females approached the group and said they were passengers in the car; they were given rides home from the scene.

Police noted that Rumler was swaying, had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, so they had him perform field sobriety tests, which he failed, the complaint reads. Rumler was also wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet, and a breath sample indicated that Rumler’s blood alcohol was .148, so he was taken into custody.

On route to the hospital for a legal blood draw, Rumler became aggressive and threatened to kill officers. Police say they requested another officer who wears a body camera to join them at the hospital where Rumler continued his combative behavior. Rumler also said he was a heroin addict who needed medical attention, but after he was medically cleared was transported to the Racine County Jail.

Rumler remains in jail on a $25,000 cash bond. He will next be in court April 15 for a preliminary hearing.


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