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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.

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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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