A woman who had used heroin and who was suspected of drinking and driving was charged after a Wisconsin State Trooper caught up with her driving well over 100 mph with a three-year-old child in the car, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

Melanie Alvarez Larison, 35, of Pleasant Prairie, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with driving while intoxicated (second offense) with a minor child in the car, second degree recklessly endangering safety, and driving while revoked — OWI related. If convicted of all charges, Alvarez Larison could serve up to 12 years in prison and/or fined up to $29,700.

According to the criminal complaint, a Wisconsin State Trooper stopped Alvarez Larison for driving 97 mph in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 94 at 2:38 a.m. Sunday, July 5. When the trooper turned around at Highway K to pursue Alvarez Larson, she accelerated and traveled at 106 mph. Alvarez Larison pulled over on Interstate 94 at 2 Mile Road.

A three-year-old child was in a rear facing car seat, but it wasn’t secured to the seat. Alvarez Larison told the trooper she was trying to pass the other cars on the road, but the trooper told her there weren’t any other cars on the road.

“The defendant ‘seemed confused and replied, really?'” according to the complaint.

The trooper noted that Alvarez Larison had track marks on her arms that were “consistent with intravenous drug use.” Alvarez Larison also appeared to have spilled pasta on the car seat, on her lap and stuck in her hair. She told the trooper that she had drunk one bloody Mary drink four hours
earlier. But her blood-alcohol level was .159, which is almost twice the legal limit of .08. The officer also found heroin in the car, according to the criminal complaint.

Alvarez Larison is being held on $2,500 cash bond.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. July 15 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.

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