Caledonia police say a Racine man was driving drunk with a licensed, loaded gun in the back seat, and his girlfriend was also arrested for having several warrants out for her arrest.
Lucas Hoffman, 34, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with a single misdemeanor count of carrying a firearm while intoxicated. If convicted, he faces up to nine months in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
Kari Pavia, 36, was also charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court. She faces a single misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. If convicted, she could see 30 days in jail and/or up to $500 in fines.
According to the criminal complaints, officers at 2:35 a.m. Friday were driving by Brossman’s Meats, 6900 Highway 31, when they noticed a white pickup parked in the lot. Police approached the vehicle and saw two people inside, later identified as Hoffman and Pavia, who said they were on their way home from a bar in South Milwaukee and pulled over to call a friend about the icy roads.
Police say Hoffman’s eyes were red and glassy and his speech was slurred and that he voluntarily told them he wasn’t drunk and was “fine to drive.” Officers asked Hoffman to exit the truck so they could conduct field sobriety tests while other police ran Pavia’s name and discovered she had warrants for her arrest for unpaid tickets.
Hoffman told officers he had a gun in the car and that he had a conceal-carry license for it, the complaint reads. Police noted in their report that they found a 9 mm handgun with a full magazine and a round in the chamber. When officers asked why the defendant had a gun, he told them because of “how bad things are nowadays.”
Officers say Hoffman blew a .154 blood alcohol and was taken into custody on a first offense operating while intoxicated. Hoffman admitted to police that he frequently drives drunk but that he feels like he’s usually fine to drive.
Pavia was taken into custody for her unpaid tickets, the complaint reads, and a search of her purse turned up a prescription bottle made out to a different name. It contained six Adderall pills instead of the medication listed on the label. Pavia told officers the bottle belonged to her cousin.
Online court records do not indicate if Hoffman will be charged with drunk driving or if Pavia is looking at any bail jumping charges. Neither party was in the Racine County Jail as of Sunday night.
Pavia will next be in court April 23 for a pre-trial conference. Hoffman’s next court date is not yet listed.