An Elkhorn man was charged Monday by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with his ninth OWI charge after he was pulled over Friday on Durand Avenue.
Jason Sensabaugh, 41, was also charged with one misdemeanor charge of driving with a revoked driver’s license. He is facing up to 13-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $27,500 in fines if convicted.
According to the criminal complaint, a deputy with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department was traveling north on Oakes Road and Highway 11 when another driver – later identified as Sensabaugh – ran the red light and nearly hit the deputy’s car. The officer pulled Sensabaugh over in a nearby parking lot.
During the traffic stop, Sensabaugh admitted to running the light, and the deputy said Sensabaugh’s speech was slurred. Two empty bottles of liquor were on the floor of Sensabaugh’s car, and he failed field sobriety tests. Preliminary breath tests indicated he had a blood-alcohol level of .169, double the legal limit.
Sensabaugh remains in the Racine County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. He will next be in court Dec. 20 for his preliminary hearing.