One person was injured and another was charged with drunk driving following a two-car crash that happened in Caledonia Monday afternoon.

Jean Boothe, 34, of Kenosha, was charged with drunk driving causing injury (2nd offense) and driving a vehicle while under revocation. If convicted of both charges, she faces up to six years, six months in prison and/or fined up to $12,500.

According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Caledonia Police Department were called to the scene of a two-car crash that happened at 4:50 p.m. Monday on Highway 38 at Emmertsen Road.

Boothe, who was driving a blue Subaru, crashed into  the back of a Buick. The driver of the Buick suffered a shoulder injury. When police arrived they asked her to get out of the car. Instead, she fumbled around “trying to light a cigarette,” the complaint reads.

Thinking this was odd behavior because Boothe had just been in a severe car crash, the officer noted that her “basic motor skills were impaired” since she had a hard time getting out of the car. When asked about what happened, Boothe told the officer that she had been drinking. Her blood-alcohol level was at .225, which is well over twice the legal limit of .08.

Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a cash bond of $500 and a preliminary hearing for 8:30 a.m. March 30.


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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.