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CALEDONIA — A Racine man received his sixth operating while intoxicated charge, a felony, after being pulled over in Caledonia on Monday.

According to the criminal complaint:

Gary A. Powell, 39, of the 2000 block of Golf Avenue was traveling south on Highway 32 in Caledonia when a village police officer noticed his vehicle make an abrupt lane change, swerve out of its lane and then come to a complete stop for no apparent reason.

The officer initiated a traffic stop in the 3800 block of North Green Bay Road.

Powell indicated that the front driver’s-side window could not be rolled down and attempted to speak to the officer by rolling down the back window. The officer smelled a strong odor of intoxicants and noticed Powell had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

Powell began to submit to a field sobriety test but then stopped and refused to complete any more tests, as he said he wouldn’t be able to pass. He said the officer should lock him up and throw away the key.

According to Powell’s primary breath test at the Racine County Jail, Powell’s blood-alcohol content was 0.265.

Powell was first convicted of OWI in 1997, and he was convicted of four subsequent OWIs in Racine between 1999 and 2009.

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for 8:30 a.m. on March 14 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.


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