CALEDONIA — A Caledonia man is facing his fourth charge of intoxicated driving after an alert citizen called police Sunday about a reckless driver on Douglas Avenue.
Charles M. King, 64, of the 5900 block of Middle Road, was charged Tuesday with a felony count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated-fourth offense and a misdemeanor count of operating a motor vehicle while his license was revoked.
According to the criminal complaint:
Police were dispatched Sunday to the area of Douglas Avenue (Highway 32) and Middle Road for a report of a reckless driver. The person who called 911 stayed on the phone and reported that the vehicle was continuing south on Highway 32 and was allegedly weaving around other vehicles.
The suspect vehicle turned into the Speedway gas station at Four Mile Road and Douglas Avenue, where police located it, reportedly occupying two parking stalls and not fully pulled up to the curb. The driver, later identified as King, exited the gas station and police reported that he appeared unsteady on his feet.
Police asked King to show his driver’s license and he reportedly had a hard time producing it. King at first told an officer that he had not been drinking, but later allegedly admitted to drinking half a bottle of whiskey.
King was asked to perform field sobriety tests, but failed all the tests, police reported. King was then transported to a local hospital for an evidentiary blood draw.
According to court records, King has a past OWI conviction from a case in Racine and and two past OWI convictions from cases in Caledonia.
King remained in custody as of Tuesday night at the Racine County Jail. He has been assigned a preliminary hearing for Sept. 13 in Racine County Circuit Court.