**Updated 7:30 a.m. March 15

Mount Pleasant police say a man driving drunk Saturday hit another car and sent that vehicle through the side of a garage and then left the scene.

The accident occurred at 7:26 p.m. while both cars were traveling north on Highway 32 near Chicory Road. A woman driving a white Toyota Corolla was struck in the back end by an older model, Chevy pick-up truck, which sent the white car through the corner at the side of a garage in the 1600 block of Enos Avenue before it came to rest in a nearby yard.

MPPD Sgt. Eric Relich said in a written statement that a 49-year-old Racine man was driving the pick-up, and he left the scene, but police were able to locate him when they observed him traveling south on Highway 32 past the scene of the accident.

Witnesses at the scene say the woman veered to the side to avoid hitting a tree and that the offending vehicle reportedly left the area at a high rate of speed going northbound on Highway 32.

“What made the (white) car go off the road was the truck hitting them really hard,” a woman named Audrey told Racine County Eye. “After he hit them (the pick-up) almost lost control when he crossed the road and onto the median where he went into our lane briefly … (He) recovered onto northbound Sheridan Road with grass and dust flying.”

Audrey estimated the pick-up truck was traveling at upwards of 70 miles per hour. The speed limit for that stretch of Sheridan Road is 45.

The woman driving the white car was shaken up, but she did accept transport from South Shore Fire Department to the hospital as a precaution. Her passenger was also uninjured.

Police transported the man to the Racine County Jail and booked him on the following charges:

  • 1st Degree Reckless Endangerment
  • OWI 3rd Offense
  • Bail Jumping
  • Hit & Run
  • Operating after Suspension
  • No vehicle insurance

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