Deputies with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department say a 26-year-old Union Grove woman was driving early Friday morning with a blood alcohol of more than twice the legal limit and may have also been high on prescription medication.
Tiffany Krueske was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with operating while intoxicated-third offense and two misdemeanor counts of bail jumping. If convicted, she faces up to 2-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $22,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, deputies at 2:39 a.m. Friday were behind a vehicle traveling south on Lathrop Avenue and clocked the driver – later identified as Krueske – doing 44 miles per hour, 14 above the posted speed limit of 30 mph. After she crossed Highway 11, Krueske was also swerving in and out of her lane into the northbound lanes. Deputies followed her as she turned right onto Taylor Avenue and pulled her over in Elmwood Park near the intersection of Taylor Avenue and Daisy Lane.
Deputies say they approached Krueske on the passenger side of the car and despite knocking on the window, the defendant kept looking out the driver’s window. When she finally did look over, she had a “faraway look” on her face, and her eyes were very wide. Krueske was told about the reason for the traffic stop, and she said she was on her way home after she got off work at 9 p.m. at the Dynasty Restaurant and hadn’t realized she was speeding.
When deputies informed Krueske that is was now 2:30 in the morning, she looked confused, the complaint reads, and she said she must have walked to a bar. The strong smell of intoxicants was coming from Krueske, and her speech kept alternating between loud to almost a whisper to trailing off and being incomprehensible.
Deputies say Krueske told them she was currently taking Prozac, Vyvanse, and Adderall and that she was wearing soft contact lenses. Krueske also said she was not diabetic or epileptic, not suffering from injury or illness and that she took medication for depression before her speech once again trailed off.
Krueske was put through field sobriety tests, which she failed, the complaint reads, and her blood alcohol registered .189 when deputies administered a preliminary breathalyzer. She was also transported to Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s for an evidentiary blood draw.
During her initial appearance Friday, Krueske was assigned a $500 cash bond, which she posted. She will next be in court July 29 for a status conference.
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