Mount Pleasant police say a 46-year-old Sturtevant man is facing his fifth operating while intoxicated charge an employee at a local restaurant called police.
Jeffrey Martin was charged in Racine County Circuit Court with operating while intoxicated, sixth offense. If convicted, he faces up to six years in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Martin was getting something to eat at Gyro’s Express on Regency West Drive at 5:52 p.m. Sunday when an employee there called police to report that Martin was intoxicated and getting into white GMC SUV. When officers arrived, they witnessed the driver of the vehicle exit the parking lot of the restaurant and then make a sharp turn without a turn signal into the parking lot of Office Depot and Michael’s.
Police say they initiated a traffic stop, and based on Martin slurring his words and appearing confused, officers put him through field sobriety tests that Martin ultimately failed. Officers asked Martin how much he’d had to drink, and he said he’d been drinking since lunch.
Martin agreed to blow into a preliminary breath test, which came back with a reading of .247, the complaint reads. The defendant would not agree to a legal blood draw, but a warrant was obtained though the results were not available by the time police filed their reports.
Martin was assigned a $3,500 cash bond at his initial appearance Monday, and he remains in the Racine County Jail, according to online court records. His preliminary hearing is April 17.