Want to Keep Your Conceal Carry License? Don't Do This
If convicted, this Mount Pleasant man may learn the hard way that drinking, driving and packing heat don't mix.
A man suspected of drunken driving was also arrested for having a gun in his car at 2:47 a.m. Monday on Douglas Avenue at Four Mile Road.
The 22-year-old Mount Pleasant man, in addition to being arrested for having a gun while intoxicated, was arrested for drunken driving (1st offense), having a prohibited blood-alcohol concentration and speeding. Formal charges have not been submitted to the Racine County District Attorney's office.
The man had a conceal carry license, but it does not allow someone who is intoxicated to carry a weapon. A person could lose their conceal carry license if they are found guilty of violating that law, said Lt. Gary Larsen.
"We're starting to see more of these gun-related calls," Larsen said. "Is it a lot? I don't know, but I know it's more."
According to a report by the Caledonia Police Department, a police officer stopped the man on a traffic stop going 63 mph in a 35 mph zone. The man handed the officer his CCW license and pointed to a holstered handgun on the passenger seat.
The man offered to give the officer the gun, but the officer told him not to touch it. The officer noted that he was cooperative and had admitted to speeding. But the man smelled of beer and when the officer saw a 12-pack of Miller Lite on the passenger floor, he told him he had “a few” beers as he slurred his words. After his arrest, police searched his car and found the bottles were still cold.
The man's blood-alcohol level was .08, which is the level at which it is illegal to drive.