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Michelle WarmingtonAfter crashing her car into a tree, a woman was charged after she tried to flee from police following a three-day crack binge.

Michelle Warmington, 37, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer. The charge has a repeater enhancer.

If convicted, Warmiington faces up to three years six months in prison and/or fines up to $10,000.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer with the Caledonia Police Department saw Warmington driving near 4 Mile Road and Charles Street and knew that Warmington had a warrant out for her arrest through probation and parole. The officer verified that the warrant was valid as she was following her in her car. When the officer tried to make a traffic stop, Warmington refused to stop and started speeding to get away from the officer.

Traveling at speeds up to 63 mph, the officer continued to follow her into Racine. When Warmington tried turning onto Lombard Avenue, she lost control of the car and crashed into a tree.

Trying to run from the officer, Warmington ultimately changed her mind and decided to stay in the car. She told police she hadn’t slept since April 1, had just been on a three day crack binge, and spends about $700 a day on the drug. The officer also cited her for driving under the influence.

Taken into custody on a probation and parole hold, Warmington is being held on a $10,000 bond at the Racine County Jail. A preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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.