CALEDONIA - A man with a prior drunken driving conviction faces new charges for allegedly causing a crash in Caledonia late last month.
William J. Lichter, 48, 4910 Douglas Ave., Racine, was reportedly driving an orange pickup truck about 11 a.m. Aug. 28, and tailgating another vehicle that was driving south on Highway 32 in Caledonia. According to the criminal complaint, witnesses said when the light at Douglas Avenue and Middle Road turned red, everyone stopped except the truck, which continued south without braking, and crashed into the other vehicle. Witnesses said Lichter fled the scene; someone followed and called police.
The driver of the struck vehicle had a cut on his foot, but refused rescue.
When police spoke with Lichter at his home he reportedly admitted driving the truck and to knowing about the accident. He reportedly told the officer he decided to take his damaged truck home instead of remaining at the scene because his house was so close.
The officer said he was unsteady on his feet, had red and glossy eyes, and smelled of alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests, and a preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.13. A blood test later showed a BAC of 0.14.
Lichter faces five charges, including second offense drunken driving, hit and run and causing injury by drunken driving-second offense. If convicted, he could be sentenced to prison.