Racine police say a 32-year-old woman took a friend’s car without permission in order to get an early-morning snack and crashed it into a utility pole on her way to the restaurant.

Nicole Maryland was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of operating a vehicle without permission and one misdemeanor count of operating without a license – second or third offense. If convicted, she faces up to about six years in prison and/or up to $10,300 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called just before 6 a.m. Saturday to the corner of 21st Street and Thurston for a report of a car accident involving one vehicle that hit a utility pole and flipped over. The pole. When officers arrived they found the female driver – later identified as Maryland – out of the vehicle and walking around. She refused medical care.

Police say they cited Maryland for inattentive driving, operating vehicle without valid driver’s license – 2nd offense, and operating vehicle without Insurance. A short time later officers responded to a residence on the north side for a report of a stolen vehicle with the same license plate number as the car Maryland was driving, she told police she had permission to take the car.

Officers met with the woman who reported the car stolen and discovered Maryland was staying at the same house, the complaint reads, but the owner of the car was out of town. The woman said Maryland woke her up and asked to use her car, but the woman said no, in part because she is aware of Maryland’s past issues with driving without a valid license.

Police say they talked to the owner who said they would prosecute because they did not give permission for anyone to drive their car.

Maryland remains in the Racine County Jail on a $250 cash bond. She will next be in court June 17 for her preliminary hearing.

 

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