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Police: Teen crashed into a car containing 3 kids; allegedly had alcohol, marijuana in the car

Police: Teen crashed into a car containing 3 kids; allegedly had alcohol, marijuana in the car

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RACINE — A Racine teen allegedly crashed his vehicle into a car that had three children in it; he also allegedly had an open bottle of Hennessey and marijuana in his car.

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Christopher George Reitzenstein, 17, of the 100 block of South Summerset Drive, was charged with five felony counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety, a felony count of attempting to flee or elude an officer and a misdemeanor count of possession of THC.

According to a criminal complaint:

At 6:04 p.m. Tuesday, an officer saw a white GMC traveling 52 mph in a 30 mph zone on Ohio Street near Graceland Boulevard. He activated his emergency lights and siren and tried to conduct a stop.

The car continued driving and eventually started driving against incoming traffic on Washington Avenue in an attempt to flee from the officer. The officer had to terminate the stop due to the construction and car congestion. The officer was flagged down later by numerous citizens who said that the car crashed into another car at the intersection of Kinzie and Perry avenues.

The officer arrived at the scene and was told that someone fled through the yards in the 800 block of Perry Avenue. The victim told the officer that the car ignored a stop sign and crashed into them. Three children were in the car. While speaking to the victim, the GMC had a fire erupt in the engine compartment. The driver of the GMC, reportedly Reitzenstein, crawled out through the driver’s window after the fire was extinguished.

Reitzenstein’s car was searched an an open bottle of Hennessey was found in the driver’s-side door. A backpack was found; inside of it was a baggie containing marijuana and a digital scale. A loaded gun that had been reported stolen was found as well. Reitzenstein denied knowing anything about the gun.

Reitzenstein was given a $5,000 cash bond in Racine County Circuit Court on Thursday. A preliminary hearing is set for June 17 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave., online court records show.


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