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Mount Pleasant police say a 20-year-old Kenosha slapped an officer and broke his glasses and kicked out the back window of a squad car during a traffic stop.
Tiera Dupriest was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of battery to a peace officer, two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and one misdemeanor count each of obstruction and disorderly conduct. If convicted, she faces almost eight years in jail and/or up to $41,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Dupriest was pulled over at 10:27 a.m. Wednesday on Durand Avenue near the intersection of Meachem Road for having expired plates, a suspended license and several open commitments in Racine County.
Officers say that when they approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, Dupriest refused to put the car in park and refused to exit the car. Police managed to get the driver’s door open and removed Dupriest’s keys from the ignition when she attempted to place the car in drive.
Dupriest continued to argue with police, the complaint reads, and slapped one officer across the face, breaking their glasses. With the assistance of additional officers, the defendant was taken into custody and placed in the back of a squad car. After being seated, Dupriest kicked out the back window.
Officers say they called Racine police to respond to the location with a paddy wagon to safely transport Dupriest to the Racine County Jail.
She remained in the Racine County Jail as of Thursday afternoon on a $300 cash bond. Dupriest will next be in court Oct. 22 for a preliminary hearing.