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Mount Pleasant police say a 64-year-old man and a female companion are facing drug charges after officers found crack during a traffic stop.
Esker Atterberry, of Racine, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine, second or subsequent offense. If convicted, he could face up to 12-1/2 years in jail and/or up to $25,000 in fines. Because he is considered a repeat offender, a judge can tack on extra time to any sentence Atterberry might receive if convicted.
According to the criminal complaint, MPPD was on patrol shortly after midnight Friday in the area of the Knight’s Inn, 1149 Oakes Road, when officers saw a 1995 green Honda traveling south on Oakes Road from Highway 20. The car was swerving in its lane and then cut across two lanes of traffic and into the left turn lane at 16th Street.
Police say they continued to follow the vehicle and saw it across both the edge of the lane and the yellow dividing line before they initiated a traffic stop. The driver was also doing 35 mph in a 25 mph zone.
When officers made contact with the female driver, they immediately took her into custody for operating while intoxicated, first offense. She was searched, and police say they found 1.4 grams of a substance that tested positive for cocaine wrapped in a baggie in her purse.
They asked the passenger – later identified as Atterberry – to step out of the car as well, the complaint reads. On the floor of the passenger compartment was a pill bottle with a “wrapped white substance” inside of it and “Esker” written on the outside.
Officers say they opened the bottle and found seven individually wrapped “rocks” that field tested positively for cocaine. Atterberry also had a cell phone, which police confiscated for the Racine County Gang Task Force to obtain a search warrant.
Atterberry remains in the Racine County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond. His preliminary hearing is March 12.