A 54-year-old Racine man who appeared intoxicated Friday morning is accused instead of driving his girlfriend’s car with a suspended registration while he has a suspended driver’s license.
Reynaldo Joseph Gonzales was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Monday with one count of operating a motor vehicle after revocation of his license and one count of bail jumping. If convicted, he faces up to 21 months in prison and $12,500 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, at 9:15 a.m. Friday, a Racine County Sheriff’s deputy was traveling westbound on Highway 20 in Mount Pleasant when Gonzales changed lanes without signaling in front of him. The deputy ran the license plate of the car and discovered it was listed as suspended, but a 2013 registration sticker was on the plate.
The deputy pulled the car over and when he told Gonzales about the plate, the defendant responded, “It’s my girlfriend’s car.” The officer then looked up Gonzales’ license and discovered it was also revoked.
Gonzales also smelled of alcohol, but he passed field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol level of 0.066, which is just below the legal limit of intoxication to drive in Wisconsin.
Gonzales is currently being held in Racine County Jail on $500 bond while awaiting trial.