Mount Pleasant police say a 45-year-old Kenosha man is facing charges after he was caught driving drunk with a teenage boy in the car with him.
Tracy Cooper was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count each of operating while intoxicated – second offense – with a minor passenger, operating with a revoked license, disorderly conduct, and obstruction as well as one felony count of throwing/discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker. If convicted, he faces up to 6-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $25,700 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, officers on patrol at 1:30 a.m. Monday observed a driver – later identified as Cooper – swerving on Highway 32. They initiated a traffic stop at 21st and Racine Streets and made contact with Cooper who was incoherent and uncooperative. He refused to give police both his name and the name of the juvenile in the vehicle with him.
Officers say Cooper eventually told them who he was and admitted he didn’t have a license, but he refused to perform field sobriety tests. Cooper was taken into custody and transported to Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s where he remained combative and refused to submit to a blood draw despite police having a search warrant.
While Cooper was at the hospital, the complaint reads, he yelled that no one was allowed to touch him, and he spit at officers. A mask was finally affixed to Cooper’s face, but he continued to shout expletives at police and at hospital staff.
Cooper remains in the Racine County Jail on $200 cash and $2,000 signature bonds. He will next be in court Sept. 15 for his preliminary hearing.
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