A Racine man is accused of driving under the influence of drugs — including barbiturates — and injuring two people in a car crash that happened Wednesday in Caledonia.

Michael Pfaff, 46, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday with driving under the influence of a controlled substance causing injury (2nd offense), possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

If convicted of all charges, Pfaff faces up to nine years eight months in prison and/or fined up to $21,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Pfaff crashed the silver Chevrolet he was driving and caused a multiple car crash in the 1600 block of Douglas Avenue Wednesday. The only driver in the vehicle, Pfaff had slow and slurred speech, and his eyes were bloodshot.

Two passengers in one of the cars involved in the crash suffered groin and cervical strains, and cuts the face.

Pfaff told officers with the Caledonia Police Department that just prior to the crash he went to see a local priest because he suffered from depression due to some personal issues, but the priest was not at the church. The officers found a medicine bottle containing narcotics, a marijuana grinder, three cell phones and marijuana in the car. Lab test results taken showed that Pfaff had barbiturates, benzodiazepines, marijuana and opiates in his system at the time of the crash.

A cash bond was set for $750. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 11 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.