Gary Hudson, 60, of Caledonia, was charged with criminal damage to property by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday. If convicted, Hudson faces up to three years, six months in prison, and/or fines up to $10,000.
According to the criminal complaint, officers responded to a report of a driver in a car that had struck a utility pole on Four Mile Road at Douglas Avenue at 11:51 a.m. March 9. During the investigation, Caledonia Police learned that Hudson crashed the brand new Mercedes he was driving into a wooden electric pole on purpose at a speed that exceeded the speed limit.
The police officer noted that Hudson “had red, glassy eyes and spoke with slurred speech,” but he wasn’t charged by the District Attorney’s Office with driving under the influence. Hudson told police he ran into the pole intentionally.
The electric pole was completely sheared off and cost $5,619 to fix.