Caledonia police say a 51-year-old man from Caledonia was driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs but told them it didn’t matter because he was “safe and sound” in his driveway.
Daniel Smith was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of operating with intoxicated, 4th offense; single misdemeanor counts each of operating with revoked alcohol related, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession; and 11 misdemeanor counts of bail jumping. If convicted, he faces more than 15 years in jail and/or up to $124,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, officers at 1 a.m. Monday ran a routing license plate check on a vehicle and discovered the registered owner had a revoked license. Police activated their lights and followed the car until it pulled into the driveway of a home in the 6900 block of Lone Elm Drive. When the driver exited the vehicle, he stumbled and nearly fell to the ground.
Officers say the man – later identified as Smith – told them he was “safe and sound” and that it didn’t matter how many drinks he’d had at Fritz’s Tavern because he was in his own driveway. Police had Smith lean against the hood of a squad car while they patted him down and say they found a “one hitter wooden box,” which is typically used to smoke marijuana.
Smith was taken into custody after refusing to submit to any field sobriety tests and the legal blood draw, the complaint reads. Police obtained the necessary search warrant for the blood draw because Smith continued to refuse to answer questions, saying he hadn’t done anything wrong.
As of Monday night, Smith remained in the Racine County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond. He will next be in court for his preliminary hearing on Sept. 25.
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