Mount Pleasant police say a 37-year-old Sturtevant woman was driving with a blood alcohol 3-1/2 times the legal limit with children in the car when she lost control on an icy road.
Jessica Ramsey was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with three felony counts of second degree recklessly endangering safety and one count each of misdemeanor operating while intoxicated with a passenger under the age of 16 and operating with a prohibited alcohol level with a passenger under the age of 16. If convicted, she faces up to 31 years in jail and/or up to $77,200 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Ramsey was driving eastbound in the 7500 block of Braun Road at 3:11 p.m. Jan. 3 when she slid her Honda Pilot off the road. She broke through the guard rail and ended up on a frozen creek at a 45-degree angle.
Officers say when they approached Ramsey’s eyes appeared glassy and blood shot and she was disoriented. There was also the strong smell of intoxicants, and Ramsey admitted to drinking earlier in the day. Three children ages 10, 7 and 3 were also inside the vehicle, but reports do not indicate if there were any injuries.
Ramsey told police she was driving east when she hit a patch of ice and lost control of the car, the complaint reads. When she tried to correct the vehicle, she broke through the guardrail and came to rest on the creek.
Police say they transported Ramsey to MPPD because of weather conditions, but she refused to perform field sobriety tests. The defendant was placed under arrest and transported to Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s for a legal blood draw, which came back with a .288 reading.
Ramsey was assigned a $2,500 signature bond at her initial appearance and will next be in court on March 5 for a preliminary hearing.