Sturtevant police say a 32-year-old Kenosha man backed into a parked squad car, mouthed, “I’m sorry,” to the officer, and tried to leave the scene.

Gilbert Harper was charged in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count each of operating while intoxicated – second offense and marijuana possession. If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison and/or up to $2,100 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer at 2:30 a.m. Saturday was parked legally in the parking lot of Fountain Banquet Hall observing a group of people who had been reported as causing a disturbance. While the officer was parked, a man later identified as Harper backed into the squad, mouthed the words, “I’m sorry,” and then tried to leave the area.

Police say Harper’s exit from the parking lot was slowed because of the line of cars in front of him so the officer ran over to Harper’s car and knocked on the window. Harper ignored commands to stop until the officer opened his door. There was the strong smell of intoxicants on Harper’s breath and he smell of marijuana inside the car. A search of the vehicle turned up baggies of marijuana in a hidden canister of tire sealant.

Harper remains in the Racine County Jail on a $400 cash bond and a $2,000 signature bond. He will next be in court April 21 for his pre-trial conference.

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