A South Milwaukee man was charged with a felony drunk driving charge after he was seen speeding by an off-duty Racine County Sheriff‘s deputy and driving recklessly, according a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Peter Valente, 50, of South Milwaukee, was charged with drunk driving (fourth offense) by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Friday. If convicted, Valente faces up to 60 days in jail and/or fined up to $2,000.

According to the criminal complaint, an off-duty Racine County Sheriff’s deputy was driving his personal car when he saw Valente driving his van 80 mph weaving in and out of traffic on Thursday, Dec. 18 on Three Mile Road and Douglas Avenue. The deputy followed Valente to a residence in the 4300 block of Goley’s Lane and while in the driveway, Valente backed up the van he was driving towards the deputy’s vehicle.

The deputy got out of his car, pointed his taser at Valente and ordered him to show him his hands. But Valente didn’t comply with the order, even though the deputy was still in his uniform.

When officers from the Caledonia Police Department and deputies from the Racine County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene, Valente told them he had just gotten his driver’s license back from his previous drunk driving ticket. When asked how much he had had to drink, Valente told the police: “not enough.”

He also told police that he had drank alcohol and smoked marijuana, went to his daughter’s house to sleep and didn’t comply to the deputy’s orders because anyone could dress like a deputy.

Valente’s blood-alcohol level was .117, just above the .08 legal limit. He was also cited for traveling at an unreasonable and imprudent speed, and reckless driving.

 

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.