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A man, who was coming from a police fundraiser, was charged Tuesday with drunken driving after his blood tests showed he was well over the legal limit.

James Losiniecki, 53, of Franklin, was charged with drunken driving (4th offense), having a prohibited alcohol content, and two misdemeanor counts of bail jumping. If convicted on all charges, Losiniecki faces up to 13 years six months in prison and/or fined up to $40,000.

During an initial appeance held Thursday, state officials learned that Losiniecki was convicted of his 4th drunk driving charge in a separate case in Milwaukee County. During that appearance, the charge from Racine County was dismissed, but officials with the Racine County District Attorney’s Office plan to re-issue the charge as a fifth offense.

“He pleaded to the fourth drunk driving charge in Milwaukee,” said Antoinette Rich, assistant district attorney for the Racine County DA’s office. “He showed up on their Huber list, so we’re just dismissing that charge and will be issuing it as a fifth.”

According to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office, the Norway Police Department stopped Losiniecki for speeding at 4:59 p.m. Feb. 25 on West Loomis Rd. The officer noted in his report that he smelled like alcohol, slurred his speech and had glassy eyes.

Losiniecki, whose license was suspended, told the officer he had three or four mixed drinks at a charity event that was raising money for police K-9 units. Losiniecki also was out on bond for a pending drunken driving case in Milwaukee County.

After failing the field sobriety tests, Losiniecki asked the officer if he would “just follow him to his girlfriend’s house since he just raised $10,000 for the police K-9 units,” the complaint reads.

A preliminary breathalyzer test showed that Losiniecki had a blood-alcohol concentration of .147, not quite twice the legal limit of .08. Losiniecki was taken to the hospital for a legal blood draw.

During the trip over to the hospital, Losiniecki continued to tell the officer how unfair that he was being arrested. He told the officer that “he knew that he drank too much, but so did a lot of other people.”

According to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, his blood-alcohol level was .185.

Losiniecki is in custody in the Milwaukee County Jail.

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.