A November accident in the village of Mount Pleasant led to five criminal charges filed Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court against a 36-year-old Elm Grove man.

Nicholas B. Putz is charged with felony counts of intoxicated use of a vehicle causing great bodily harm and great bodily harm by use of a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol content. In addition there were misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, operating while intoxicated causing injury and operating with a prohibited alcohol content causing injury.

The felonies carry a total fine of $50,000 and 25 years in prison, while the misdemeanors carry a total fine of $14,000 and two years, nine months in the county jail.

According to the criminal complaint:

Mount Pleasant police responded to the 1400 block of Oakes Road on Nov. 17, 2017, for a report of a traffic accident. An officer located a damaged vehicle against a tree and the victim, who was trapped in the passenger seat.
Putz walked up from behind the vehicle and spoke with the officer, who smelled an odor of intoxicants, observed that his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and that he spoke with slurred speech. Putz admitted to drinking and submitted to a blood draw, which revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.093.

The victim suffered broken bones and a fractured spine.
While the vehicle was being towed, officers located a .45 firearm without a carrying case in the center console. Records indicated that Putz did not possess a valid concealed carry permit.

Putz, who was released from custody on a $25,000 signature bond, will be in court Oct. 4 for a 9 a.m. preliminary hearing.

Rex Davenport

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