A 23-year-old Racine man is accused of leading Mount Pleasant police officer on a high speed chase that led to his arrest. After Jose Gomez was searched, officers say they found marijuana and a gun in his car.
Jose L. Gomez was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Monday with one count of attempting to flee an officer, one count of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of possession of THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana. If convicted, he faces up to nearly four years in prison and $30,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, at 3 a.m. Saturday, a Mount Pleasant police officer spotted a car driven by Gomez traveling eastbound on Durand Avenue near Taylor Avenue doing more than 100 miles per hour. The officer chased after Gomez, reaching speeds of 120 miles per hour, before Gomez eventually pulled over on south Memorial Drive.
After the stop, police say Gomez then took off again heading northbound on Memorial, then eastbound on DeKoven Avenue, where he ran two red lights and pulled into a driveway in the 1800 block of Grand Avenue. There, he got out and ran away on foot.
Officers found Gomez a few blocks away and arrested him. Reports indicate police searched the car and found marijuana in the glove compartment along with a semi-automatic handgun with the serial number obliterated on it.
Gomez is currently being held in Racine County Jail on $5,000 bond. His preliminary hearing before Court Commissioner Alice A. Rudebusch is Jan. 16.