Racine police say a 55-year-old man is facing charges after driving drunk and causing an accident that injured two people.
Richard Raab, of Racine, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one count of misdemeanor operating while intoxicated/causing injury. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail and/or up to $2,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday to the 1400 block of Lathrop Avenue for a report of a car accident that sent one vehicle into a tree. When officers arrived on scene, they found two cars with significant damage; one that appeared to have struck a tree and the other in the front yard of a home.
Police say they spoke to Raab and the occupants of the other vehicle. Raab admitted to driving behind the other car, both of which were traveling north on Lathrop Avenue, when he hit the other car. He also admitted to drinking beer at a nearby tavern but said his last drink was an hour before he drove.
The two occupants of the other vehicle were taken to Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s for treatment of their injuries.
]Raab failed field sobriety tests and demanded “the breath test,” which returns a blood alcohol level of .216, the complaint reads. He was transported to the hospital for a legal blood draw but not taken to jail because dispatch advised that Raab’s only other drunk driving offense was over 10 years ago and they advised officers to treat this incident as a first offense.
Online court records indicate the complaint against Raab was filed, but there is no other information. Raab is not listed as being in the Racine County Jail.