Laura Archambeau, 35, of Caledonia, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday with felony counts of attempting to flee or elude police, and second degree recklessly endangering safety. If convicted on both charges, Archambeau faces up to 13 years six months in prison and/or fined up to $35,000. She is being held on a $500 cash bond.
According to the criminal complaint, the Caledonia Police heard Archambeau, who was driving her car northbound on Highway 31 near Hounds Trail, squeal her tires. Speeding past them going 64 mph in a 45 mph zone, Archambeau pulled over the 2009 Lincoln MKS she was driving. But when the officer got out of his squad car to contact her, Archambeau sped away at a high rate of speed.
Traveling northbound on Highway 31 going about 95 mph, Archambeau failed to stop at a four-way stop sign at 6 Mile Road. Another car was stopped at the intersection and Archambeau almost lost control of the car while crossing it. She also didn’t stop at a stop sign on Highway 31 and Highway 32 and the car “fishtailed” as it went northbound on Highway 32. The officer continued to pursue Archambeau, who was now driving between 120 and 130 mph.
Because the chase was coming close to the Milwaukee County border, the officer stopped the pursuit. The sergeant drove to County Line Road at Highway 32 to check the distance of the pursuit and saw the car with no headlights on. With his gun drawn, he conducted a felony traffic stop and ordered the woman to turn off the car and throw her keys out the window. However, she got out of the car and laid down on the pavement.
The woman told the police officer that she was driving the car over 100 mph. A preliminary breathalyzer test showed that Archambeau had a blood-alcohol level of .037, which is within the legal limit. But another officer trained to spot people under the influence of drugs determined that Archambeau was under the influence of drugs.
A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 12 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.
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