Racine and Mount Pleasant police say a 29-year-old Sturtevant man was drunk late Tuesday night when he lead officers on a chase through the city and the villages of Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant.
Anthony Vara was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with single misdemeanor charges each of resisting an officer; obstructing an officer; operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, second offense; operating with prohibited alcohol concentration, second offense; and a single felony count of attempting to flee an officer. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison and/or up to $32,200 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Racine police observed a driver – later identified as Vara – at 11:36 p.m. Tuesday driving fast near Douglas Ave. and Hagerer Street. Officers followed and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Vara increased his speed and led police through northside neighborhoods before finally pulling over in the 1800 block of Douglas Avenue.
Police say they commanded Vara several times to exit throw his keys out the window of the car and to put his hands out the window. Vara put his hands out the window but verbally refused commands to surrender his keys. Cover squads arrived, but could not prevent Vara from pulling away and speeding down Highway 31 into Mount Pleasant.
MPPD officers were listening to the call over the radio and were prepared to stop Vara but were unable to locate his vehicle, the complaint reads. Police discovered Vara’s address in Sturtevant, and someone there told officers they didn’t know where Vara was. Later, this person contacted police to say that Vara was behind a building on Highway KR waiting for police.
When officers arrived at Vara’s location, they say he continued to resist arrest, and they were forced to deploy their taser to subdue him. Vara refused to consent to field sobriety tests, but an Intoximeter test given at 4:25 a.m. revealed Vera’s blood alcohol hovered around .14.
Vara was assigned a $10,000 cash bond at his initial appearance, and he remains in the Racine County Jail. His next court appearance is April 3.