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A Milwaukee man is facing his second drunk driving offense as well as a host of other charges after he was stopped late Tuesday evening on I-94 heading southbound.

Laroi Bryant was charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of narcotics possession, one misdemeanor count each of operating under the influence as a second offense, possession of cocaine, and failure to install an ignition interlocking device on his vehicle. He was also charged with five misdemeanor counts of bail jumping. If convicted of all charges, he faces almost 10 years in prison and/or up to $67,850 in fines.

Drunk driving patterns alerted police

According to the criminal complaint, deputies at 11 p.m. Tuesday in the southbound I-94 lanes near Highway K observed a vehicle in the third lane swerving into both the second and fourth lanes. The driver was identified as Bryant, and he submitted to both field sobriety tests and a breath test that yielded a return blood alcohol level of .275.

Police say they took Bryant into custody and conducted a search of his person before seating him in the back of their patrol car. In his pockets, they found small amounts of cocaine and heroin, .4 grams and 3.8 grams, respectively.

Bryant was transported to the hospital where he refused a blood draw. Officers obtained a warrant, but the results were not returned in time for the defendant’s initial appearance, the complaint continues.

The defendant, who remains in the Racine County Jail, was assigned a $250 cash bond and a $2,000 signature bond. He will next be in court on April 28 for a preliminary hearing.


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