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A Racine man found himself in hot water with a Caledonia Police officer after he had been drinking and started the conversation off by reciting a poem he wrote about law enforcement.

Edward Christensen, 53,  was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Friday with two counts of making threats to a law enforcement officer, and disorderly conduct. The charges also carry a repeater enhancer because of his prior felony convictions. If convicted of these felonies, Christensen faces up to 22 years nine months in prison, and/or fined up to $21,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Caledonia Police were called at 2:34 p.m. Thursday to the Pilot Travel Center, 13712 Northwestern Avenue for a report of a man laying on the floor and then trying to get into customer’s cars that did not belong to him.

While the officer was on his way to the scene, Christensen walked over to the A&W Restaurant across the street. When police found him, Christensen was laying across a bench at one of the tables. The officer noted that he smelled of alcohol and he asked what his name was, but Christensen responded by “reciting a poem he had written about law enforcement.”

The officer asked him his name again and Christensen shoved “his middle and forefinger down his throat while mocking (him) saying, ‘What is your last name?'” Christensen then cursed at the officer and at the time there were families present that had young children. While being arrested, he continued to make several threats. This continued while he was at the hospital getting blood drawn.

Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a cash bond of $500 for Christensen. He will have a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Dec. 21.

 

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.