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A 51-year-old Sturtevant man faces 15 criminal charges, including a felony count of threatening a law enforcement officer, after his arrest Aug. 26 in the Village of Union Grove.
Each of the felony charges carries a fine of $10,000 and six years in prison, while the two misdemeanors carry a total fine of $11,000 and a year in county jail. Kortesmaki made his initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court on Wednesday.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Racine County Sheriff’s Department deputy responded to the area of Highways 45 and 20 for a report of an intoxicated male walking in and near the road.
When the officer made contact with the defendant, he said he was trying to get to a friend’s house when his car broke down. So he hitched a ride to the Dover Inn, where he consumed alcohol.
The officer received permission to drive Kortesmaki to his friend’s house. But he refused to provide that person’s name, so the officer decided he would take him to a nearby gas station. While en route, the officer learned that Kortesmaki was free on bond in two pending criminal cases, which prohibited him from consuming alcohol.
When the officer informed the defendant he was under arrest for bail jumping, Kortesmaki allegedly responded by saying, “I’m going to bust you in your (expletive) mouth. I’ve been honest with you and you’re (expletive) with me like that. I will (expletive) you up. I don’t give a (expletive).”
Additional officers arrived to assist in taking the defendant into custody, but he continued to resist until he was eventually escorted to a caged van and transported to jail.
The 12 bail-jumping charges were filed because the defendant has two pending cases, one in Clark County and the other in Chippewa County. As a condition of the bond in both, he was ordered not to engage in further criminal activity or consume alcohol.
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