Racine police say a 53-year-old man is facing felony charges after he was driving drunk and pointed a loaded gun at another driver.

James Sosa, of Racine, was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with felony 1st degree recklessly endangering safety and one misdemeanor count each of intentionally pointed a firearm at a person, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, disorderly conduct – use of a dangerous weapon, and obstruction. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and/or up to $56,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 3:39 p.m. Tuesday to Odd Fellows convenience store, 817 Main Street, for a report of a man pointing a gun at another person. When officers arrived, a store employee pointed at a black car that was attempting to leave.

Police say the driver was moving around inside the car so they conducted a high-risk traffic stop and ordered the driver – later identified as Sosa – to put his hands up outside the vehicle but to stay put. Sosa ignored orders and exited the car anyway. Cover squads arrived, and Sosa was taken into custody.

A search of the car turned up a loaded semi-automatic Glock on the front passenger seat, the complaint reads, with a round in the chamber. Sosa said he was driving from North Beach after drinking a half-pint of tequila when a car in front of him cut him off, and that driver got out of his car and approached Sosa in a threatening manner.

Officers say that Sosa told the other driver he was armed because he feared for his life, but once the other driver was located, he said Sosa was the aggressor. The other man said he observed Sosa swerving all over Main Street, so he attempted to pass to try and avoid an accident. Eventually, the man pulled into the Odd Fellows parking lot to try and get away from Sosa and that’s when Sosa pointed the gun at him. The man said he feared for his life so he left as quickly as he could.

Police transported Sosa to Wheaton Franciscan for a legal blood draw to which the defendant agreed, but then changed his mind and resisted officers’ attempt to steer him toward the phlebotomist room. Officers finally got Sosa under control and hospital staff was finally able to conduct the blood draw.

Sosa remains in the Racine County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. He was next be in court May 13 for a preliminary hearing.

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