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Caledonia Police logoA woman was charged after police conducted a traffic stop, realized she was under the influence of drugs and then she broke down crying saying she had left her three-year-old daughter home alone, according to the criminal complaint.

Brienne Hagert, 30, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with possession of a controlled substance, failing to obey a traffic officer and child neglect. If convicted of all three charges, Hagert faces up to 19 months in prison and/or fines up to $20,500.

According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Caledonia Police Department conducted a traffic stop after Hagert was speeding at 49 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 4400 block of Five Mile Road on Wednesday. The officer tried to catch up with Hagert, but she didn’t stop. Eventually pulling over, the officer asked Hagert why she didn’t pull over.

Hagert seemed confused when she answered the officer and she told him she was “speeding to pass another vehicle,” but the officer said there weren’t any vehicles behind her when she passed him.

“Brienne became very emotional and stated that she was having a bad day,” The officer wrote in the report. “Brienne stated that she just needed to get home.”

The officer noted that Hagert’s pupils were constricted, that her speech was slurred and she appeared disoriented; but Hagert said she hadn’t been drinking and hadn’t taken any prescription medications.

She told the officer that she thought he was “an angry driver, trying to run her off the road.”

Hagert failed the field sobriety test and she was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.

“Brienne was crying in the back seat, stating that now her daughter was in trouble,” Hagert said, adding that her three-year-old daughter was home alone and “that her boyfriend left her there.” Police did speak with Hagert’s boyfriend, who told them he had not seen her since July 4.

Racine Police went to Hagert’s home and found her daughter upstairs alone and in a crib with two empty bottles and a juice box.

Officers found several prescription medication bottles, including: Suboxone, which is used to treat heroin addiction, Quetiapine, an anti-psychotic medication, alprazolam, an anxiety medication, Meclizine and Dextroamphetamine.

While going to the jail, Hagert threatened suicide and said her life was over. She said “she is poor and all the police are trying to do is ruin her life.”

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