Wind Point police say a 44-year-old Racine man is facing his sixth OWI charge after police pulled him over for speeding shortly after noon Tuesday.
Daniel Decker was going to be charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of operating while intoxicated – 5th or 6th offense. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
Online court records indicate his initial appearance has been postponed, but a date was not listed.
According to the criminal complaint, Wind Point police initiated a traffic stop at 12:08 p.m. Tuesday on North Main Street in the Village of North Bay because the driver was clocked at 47 mph in a 30 mph zone. When officers approached the driver he was identified through his valid license as Decker. The license check also brought back a warrant for Decker’s arrest.
Police say they thought they smell intoxicants on Decker’s breath, but given the wind and passing traffic they couldn’t be sure. Decker was taken into custody on the warrant, and as he was being seat belted into the back of an officer’s squad car, the smell of intoxicants was even stronger.
A preliminary breathalyzer test was administered, and the results were .143, which were shown to Decker, the complaint reads. The defendant told police he had been drinking the night before. Field sobriety tests were not conducted because of safety, but they were administered at Wheaton Franciscan because Decker did agree to a legal blood draw.
Officers say Decker failed the sobriety tests, submitted to the blood draw and was transported to the Racine County Jail. Online inmate records do not indicate Decker is still in custody.