A report of a motor vehicle accident Sept. 6 led to the discovery of a stabbing and two criminal charges being filed Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court.

Dartasia J. Pearson, 21, Racine, faces a felony count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, which carries a fine of $25,000 and 12 years, six months in prison. She also faces a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, which carries a fine of $1,000 and 90 days in county jail.

According to the criminal complaint:
An officer with the Racine Police Department was dispatched to the 2200 block of Layard Avenue.

When the officer arrived, they learned of a fight between the defendant and a male in the apartment they share. During the physical altercation, Pearson allegedly stabbed him three times with a butcher knife. Police observed three lacerations, one to his left forearm, second to his left bicep and a third to the side of his chest.

The man stated that he and the defendant were separating and moving to new locations. During that time, they began arguing. The man stated that Pearson “kind of flipped out” and started busting up the apartment. In an attempt to get her to calm down, the man said he physically restrained Pearson, who was able to pick up a butcher knife.

After the man ran out of the residence and got into a car, Pearson ran after him and jumped on the hood.

He drove off, was swerving, accelerating and braking in an attempt to get her off the vehicle. The woman fell off about a block and a half later.

Court records indicate that a summons was issued for Pearson Sept. 17. Her next court appearance was not listed in online records.


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