Mount Pleasant police say a 59-year-old man was driving drunk Saturday afternoon, and when officers took him into custody he threatened to punch one of them in the head after also also asking if he would be shot.

Delmar Polston, of Racine, was charged in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of 5th offense operating while intoxicated and threatening a police officer as well as one misdemeanor count each of driving while revoked, resisting, and disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison and/or up to $33,500 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police pulled Polston over at 4:39 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Spring and Illinois Streets after observing him weaving and changing lanes without a turn signal. When they made contact with Polston, officers say they could smell intoxicants. They asked Polston for his license, and he admitted to not having one.

Police say they put Polston through field sobriety tests, and he failed them. He also could not successfully provide a breath sample so officers said they would transport him to Wheaton Franciscan for a legal blood draw. Polston became tense and asking police if they were going to shoot him, even telling officers they would have to shoot him because he was not going to prison.

While Polston was at the hospital, he was combative with police and staff, threatening to punch an officer in the head once he got uncuffed, the complaint reads. The defendant was eventually subdued so a legal blood draw could be performed.

During questioning, police say Polston was drinking in Burlington at Brown’s Lake, and he consumed two beers, three whiskey sours, and two shots before driving home.

Polston remains in the Racine County Jail on a $3,000 cash bond. He will next be in court May 25 for his preliminary hearing.

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