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A 55-year-old Kenosha man faces his fourth drunk driving offense after he crashed his car into another vehicle in the Village of Union Grove on June 2.
The felony charge filed Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court against Mark C. Yates carries a fine of $10,000 and six years in prison.
Yates made an initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.
Court records indicate Yates has previous drunk driving convictions in 1992 and 1996 in Racine County and in 2007 in Marathon County. The records also show felony convictions of driving or operating a vehicle without consent and battery to law officers/firefighters in 2007 in Marathon County.
According to the criminal complaint:
Deputies with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a village residence. They spoke with a man who stated the defendant’s southbound vehicle coming from Highway 11 struck his vehicle as he attempted to turn from a dead end onto the highway.
Yates reportedly told the man “it was fine,” drove off, pulled into a residence and went into a garage.
Deputies observed fresh damage on the defendant’s vehicle. Yates, who came out of his garage holding a beer, told police he was driving when the man’s vehicle struck his vehicle. They noted a strong odor of intoxicants and that Yates swayed when he walked and was slurring his words.
A portable breath test revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.227. Because of his previous convictions, Yates is restricted to a BAC of 0.02. Yates told police he had consumed eight shots of alcohol.
Yates is set for a preliminary hearing on the drunk driving charge at 8:30 a.m. June 21 in front of Racine County Felony Court Judge Faye Flancher.
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