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A man’s love of doughnuts and alcohol landed he and his friend in jail on Monday.
Brenton Johnson, 32, of Racine, was charged with two felony counts of bail jumping because he had been drinking while on bond. If convicted on both charges, Johnson faces up to 12 years in prison and/or fined up to $20,000.
But Johnson’s trouble started when his friend Kevin Lynch ate two doughnuts at a Speedway gas station and didn’t pay for them. Lynch was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with a misdemeanor count of retail theft. If convicted, Lynch faces up to nine months in jail and/or fined up to $10,000.
After consuming the doughnuts at a Speedway gas station in Caledonia, Lynch and Johnson fled the store. Shortly after the incident a Racine Police officer caught up with the pair at Burger King, 3456 Douglas Ave., according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.
What made matters worse was that Johnason and Lynch had been drinking. Lynch refused to take a breathalyzer test and had Johnson a blood-alcohol level of .11. Out on bond, Johnson was ordered by the court not to drink. During a search, officers found $1,480 on Johnson. Lynch was also on probation for federal charges and ordered not to drink.
When the officer searched Johnson’s car, a K-9 unit had a positive hit for drugs. But nothing was found inside the car, except multiple cell phones. The officer asked Johnson why he had so much cash and he said it was for his bills. He told police that he’s a stay at home dad.
Johnson is being held on a $1,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. June 1.
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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.
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