Mount Pleasant police say a 58-year-old man is facing his sixth drunk driving charge after police pulled him over for swerving and found an open bottle of juice that actually contained vodka.

Kevin Bertelson, of Racine, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of operating while intoxicated, sixth offense. If he is convicted, he faces up to six years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers at 6:20 p.m. Thursday were northbound on Highway 31 approaching Washington Avenue when they observed a vehicle swerve from the left lane to the center lane almost striking several cars. The driver – later identified as Bertelson, swerved back and made a left turn to head west on Highway 20.

Police say they saw Bertelson swerve again before turning onto Village Center Drive without a turn signal. When officers approached him, Bertelson smelled of alcohol and admitted he’d had half a pint of vodka mixed with juice an hour before he got behind the wheel.

Bertelson failed field sobriety tests, the complaint reads, and preliminary results of a breathalyzer turned up a blood alcohol of .06. Officers transported Bertelson to the hospital for a legal blood draw to which he consented. A search of Bertelson’s vehicle yielded an open bottle of apple juice that Bertelson admitted was filled with vodka.

He remains in the Racine County Jail on a $750 cash bond and is ordered to not possess or consume any alcohol which will be monitored by urine tests. Bertelson will next be in court Nov. 12 for his preliminary hearing.

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