A man was charged with felony by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office after he crashed into a Racine Police squad, which was blocking another car crash.

Kent Koeshall, 56, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with a felony count of suspicion of drunk driving (5th offense). If convicted, Koeshall faces up to six years in prison and/or fined up to $10,000.

Koeshall was also cited for refusing to take a test for intoxication.

According to the criminal complaint, Koeshall crashed his 1989 Chevrolet into a Racine Police squa at 2:38 a.m. Sunday, June 21 on Douglas at Romayne avenue.

Koeshall crashed his car into the diver’s side door of the squad car. An officer was inside the vehicle. She was taken to Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Hospital for an unspecified injury.

When other officers investigated the crash, Koeshall was unable to tell them where he lived and he told them he lived on West National Avenue and not in Racine. His speech was slow and he slurred his words. He couldn’t tell officers what had happened, but they explained that he crashed the car he was driving into a police car.

Koeshall told officers he didn’t do anything wrong and he didn’t want to take a field sobriety test because “they were impossible to pass.” When officers asked if Koeshall had a valid driver’s license, he told them his relative ran for the state senate.

A $3,500 cash bond has been set. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. July 1.

 

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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.