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Racine police say a man who may have been highly intoxicated early Wednesday morning tried to board a City of Racine street sweeper and is now facing charges.

Jovon Spells, 36, was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor charge each of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail and/or up to $11,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called at 1:58 a.m. Wednesday to the intersection of LaSalle and Douglas for a report of a shirtless man who had tried to jump onto a city street sweeper. The driver of the sweeper told officers he’d observed the man – later identified at Spells – standing in the middle of the road, which caused at least one vehicle to swerve to avoid hitting him.

Police say they spotted Spells crossing Douglas heading west, and he attempted to run away from them. When officers caught up with him, Spells stumbled and smelled of intoxicants. Police had Spells sit down because they were worried he would hurt himself, but he kept trying to get up and laughed every time officers tried to ask Spells his name.

Spells was taken into custody and was finally verbally identified, the complaint reads. He was booked into the Racine County Jail where he remains on a $500 cash bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20.

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