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Caledonia Police logoA man was charged with drunk driving after he almost struck a police squad, but then during the traffic stop fell asleep and had to be woken up, according to the criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Timothy Johnson, 29, of Mount Pleasant, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with suspicion of drunk driving (second offense), driving with a prohibited blood-alcohol content level, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and fines up to $12,700.

According to the criminal complaint, the Caledonia Police Department conducted a traffic stop at 12:48 a.m. Sept. 6 on Northwestern Avenue at Emmersten Road. The officers reported that they saw Johnson driving his car 30 mph in a 45 mph zone, swerving into a parking lane and almost hitting the squad car. Johnson returned to the correct lane, but then drove the car slowly onto Chapel Lane and almost came to a complete stop before making the turn.

After approaching the car, the officer noted the smell of alcohol coming from Johnson and that he was slurring his speech. While waiting for a second officer to come on scene, Johnson fell asleep in his car and before opening the door police smelled marijuana.

The officers woke up Johnson, conducted a field sobriety test, and noted that he had a blood-alcohol level of .285, which is three times the legal limit.

While searching Johnson’s car, police found a pill bottle full of marijuana, a glass pipe, a 12-pack of beer and a partially filled bottle of vodka behind the driver’s seat.

Johnson is expected to have an initial appearance at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.

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.