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MOUNT PLEASANT — A Racine man was arrested Sunday after getting caught for allegedly driving drunk for the eighth time.

At 11:21 p.m. Sunday, Mount Pleasant police officers conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 20 (Washington Avenue) and Oakes Road after a vehicle ran a red light, according to news release issued by the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

The driver of the vehicle was 48-year-old Hugo Toscano-Martinez of Racine, the release said.

During the traffic stop, Toscano-Martinez was determined to be impaired. Officers reportedly attempted to conduct standardized field sobriety tests on Toscano-Martinez, but he allegedly refused. A search warrant was then obtained to collect Toscano-Martinez’s blood for evidence.

Officers later determined that Toscano-Martinez had been convicted of seven prior operating while intoxicated offenses, the release said. While the driver was operating with a valid driver’s license on Sunday, he had a restriction on his license not to operate with more than a 0.02 percent blood-alcohol level.

Toscano-Martinez was charged with his eighth OWI offense, according to the criminal complaint issued by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office. He was also cited for violating a red light signal and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Toscano-Martinez remained in the Racine County Jail as of Monday evening on a $15,000 cash bond, online records show. A preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 22 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.



Alyssa Mauk covers breaking news and courts. She enjoys hanging out with her daughter, gaming on her XBOX One, comic books and heavy metal music.

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