Racial slurs and alleged bad driving led to a confrontation between a man and a woman at 7:06 p.m. July 4 in the 4400 block of Scout Trail.
William Lawrence, 54, of Caledonia, and Latonya Brown, 38, of Caledonia, were both verbally arguing using profanity in the middle of the street, according to a report by the Caledonia Police Department.
Charges of disorderly conduct have been referred against both of them to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office. However, no formal charges have been issued.
According to a report by the Caledonia Police Department, Lawrence told police he was crossing the street because he saw a suspicious person walking by his neighbor’s home. While crossing the street, Brown allegedly drove around the corner in her BMW at a high rate of speed squealing her tires and almost striking Lawrence. He told police that, in order to avoid being struck, he had to jump into a ditch. Brown put the car in reverse and Lawrence told police he put his foot out while Brown was backing up.
But Brown tells the story differently. She said Lawrence ran into the middle of the road in front of her and she almost struck him. Lawrence allegedly yelled at her to watch where she was going and used racial slurs. Upset by this, Brown parked the car and while she was doing so, he took steps towards the car and kicked it.
The two began fighting in the middle of the street until police arrived.
Police found a black scuffmark on the rear bumper of Brown’s car. Brown denied driving recklessly and said she couldn’t have been driving recklessly because they were right by the intersection.
Lawrence demanded that Brown be charged with vehicular assault, but police told him no assault occurred. He then referred to Brown and her husband using racial slurs.
Police noted that Lawrence smelled of alcohol, but he denied drinking. According to the report, they believed Lawrence had been drinking.
After police allowed Brown to leave when they explained that charges for a disorderly conduct ticket would be issued to her, Lawrence became upset. He then called the shift commander and continued to refer to the couple using racial slurs. After police explained the reason behind their decision, Lawrence hung up on them.