MOUNT PLEASANT — Lacrelle Jerome Clay, 31, of Racine, faces 38 separate charges that include battery, domestic abuse, intimidation, stalking, and attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer. He was arrested after allegedly dragging a police officer and almost hitting a police K-9 with his car in the parking lot of Knights Inn, 1149 Oakes Road, Mount Pleasant.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Mount Pleasant police officer attempted to stop a vehicle Sunday as it left Knights Inn, 1149 Oakes Road.
As the officer approached the vehicle, which had pulled over on the Highway 20 Frontage Road, Clay attempted to flee making a U-turn.
The vehicle reached nearly 90 mph and did not stop for a red light after making a U-turn, before returning to the Knights Inn parking lot.
The officer reported releasing his K-9 partner before attempting to open the passenger-side door. Clay had been searching for something in the center console, but then hit the gas, dragging the officer for several feet and almost striking the dog, police said.
Clay fled and hid, but the officer, aided by Knights Inn patrons, found him hiding in another vehicle in the parking lot. He was then arrested.
A search of Clay’s original vehicle found 0.9 grams of marijuana.
A warrant had been out for Clay’s arrest resulting from incidents that occurred between March 9, 2017 and Jan. 28, 2018, the Racine Police Department reported.
Clay’s ex-girlfriend accused him of beating her repeatedly and threatening her via text message and phone calls by saying things like “If I go to jail I’ll have someone come kill you!” and “Hope you die and everyone will be happy,” according to the criminal complaint.
On Aug. 2, the ex-girlfriend reported that Clay had tried to gain entry to her apartment, despite a pending no-contact order. On Sept. 3, she again reported that Clay pinned her against a car, threw her to the ground and ripped out her hair implants after she informed Clay that she might have been pregnant.
The most recent incident between the two, according to the criminal complaint, occurred on Jan. 28, 2018, when Clay allegedly trapped the woman’s hand in a car window and started to drive away.
Clay has previously been convicted of multiple crimes in the past, including misdemeanor battery in 2004 and 2016, misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer in 2013, and felony bail jumping and felony violation of a domestic abuse order in 2006.
Clay has been transported to Racine County Jail and his bond has been set at $60,335, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.