RACINE COUNTY — A Milwaukee woman who reportedly drove drunk with her infant in the car, and a Racine man who was allegedly driving intoxicated are facing charges for reckless driving incidents.
At 8:39 p.m. Tuesday, the Racine County Communications Center received a report of a reckless driver traveling west on Seven Mile Road from 92nd Street in Raymond.
The caller said a vehicle nearly rear-ended them, passed and then pulled over.
The female driver reportedly got out, urinated on the side of the road and got back in the vehicle. She then made a U-turn and drove east on Seven Mile Road at what the caller said was more than 100 mph.
A deputy working near Interstate 94 located the vehicle on Seven Mile Road at the interstate and stopped it as it passed another vehicle on the right, using the gravel shoulder of the roadway.
In the backseat, a deputy found the driver’s 8-month-old son.
A preliminary breath test of the driver, 25-year-old Gabrielle Presser of Milwaukee, reportedly came back at 0.202, more than two times the legal limit.
While standing in front of the patrol car, the deputy saw a liquid dripping from Presser’s leg, “potentially indicating she had urinated.” She told the deputy she was disappointed in herself and that she felt “irresponsible and bad as a parent.” The infant was turned over to his father.
Presser was charged for operating while intoxicated with a passenger under the age of 16. The deputy learned that her license was revoked due to a previous OWI charge and she was on bond for driving while revoked.
Because of that, Presser was charged with misdemeanor counts of operating while revoked and bail jumping.
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As of Wednesday afternoon, Presser remained in custody on a $750 cash bond, online records show.
A status conference is set for Sept. 23 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.
Second reckless driving arrest
At 8:36 p.m. Tuesday, the Racine Communications Center received another call, about a truck on Highway 11 at 56th Road in Yorkville that was reportedly “swerving all over the roadway.”
Deputies found the truck at the intersection of highways 11 and 75 in Kansasville. The driver, 27-year-old Ismael Zuniga of Racine, claimed he had four beers in about four hours, according to the criminal complaint.
Zuniga’s preliminary breath test came back with a result of 0.089. Due to previous OWI charges, Zuniga had a 0.02 restriction. He was charged with his fourth OWI charge.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Zuniga remained in custody on a $5,000 signature bond, online records showed. A preliminary hearing is set for July 17 at the Law Enforcement Center.
Stay sober on the 4th
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest days to be traveling on the roads. To ensure that everyone has a safe and happy holiday, Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling and his staff are reminding drivers to not only remain sober but avoid distractions, obey speed limits, drive defensively and be prepared.
“I urge you to keep your eyes and mind on the road at all times, follow common-sense safety practices, remove distractions, allow yourself enough distance to stop/react, slow down and don’t drink and drive,” Schmaling said. “One second of distraction or a bad decision can change the entirety of your life forever.”