Mount Pleasant police say a 63-year-old man was charged with disorderly conduct after swearing at a neighbor on multiple occasions while out walking his dog.
David Driver was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were called at 4:09 p.m. Monday to a residence in the 1200 block of Sunnyslope for a report of a man swearing at and threatening a neighbor. When police arrived, a woman told them she has on-going issues with Driver and that a report was filed for a prior incident.
Officers say the issues stemmed from Driver repeatedly walking his dog without a leash and calling the woman names. When police warned Driver to watch his language, he told them the First Amendment protected his right to say anything he wanted and call the woman anything he wanted. Driver also blamed the woman for a $100 fine he received from their condo association for walking his dog without a leash.
The woman told police she is afraid of Driver and has changed her routine to avoid him because of his on-going name calling and threats, the complaint reads. When police went to Driver’s home to question him, they could smell the strong odor of intoxicants. Driver’s speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.
Police say when they told Driver he was being arrested, he repeated his stance about the First Amendment protecting his right to call the woman anything he wants.
Driver remains in the Racine County Jail on a $150 cash bond and is ordered to not have any contact with the woman. He will next be in court Dec. 15 for his pre-trial conference.