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Man Charged With 5th OWI in Caledonia

Suspect runs a red light on Highway 38 Wednesday then cuts off another car in a roundabout.

A 55-year-old Racine man is facing felony drunk driving charges after he allegedly ran a red light in Caledonia Wednesday night.

Thomas Santiago was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Thursday with one count of fifth offense operating while intoxicated. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 9:56 p.m. Wednesday, a Caledonia police officer was on patrol when he spotted Santiago going westbound on Highway 38 and run a red light. The officer then began to follow Santiago and saw him cut off another car while going through a roundabout.

The officer pulled Santiago over who smelled of alcohol and was fidgety. He said he was on his way home from a place in Kenosha.

Santiago was previously convicted of driving under the influence in 1990, 1995, 1997 and 1998.

He’s currently being held in Racine County Jail on $3,000 bail. 

Tuco June 22, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Lock him up and throw away the key!
Caledonia Retiree June 23, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Does he have a valid driver's license? Most of the latest drunk driving scenarios (especially ones involving an accident) seem to be someone driving on a suspended or revoked license. Why is he still behind the wheel without an ignition interlock device in his car? I thought you had to have one after your 2nd DWI offense?
Jane June 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM
When you don't have a license can you register a car? If so they should not be able to. If people are alowed to do this, it's all about making money.After the 2nd time they think they can just do what they want. Take their license for good.
Jay Warner August 29, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Mr. Santiago was picked up for OWI in '90, '95, '97, and '98. But not again until '12. Did they have interlocks for ignitions in '98? Did he get his driver's license back, ever, after that string of offenses? Do we have reason to believe that he got his act together then? How long do you have to demonstrate that you are 'clean' before those earlier OWI cases get dropped from the record? Before we throw away the key, let's see what he did to 'clean up' and what the judicial system did to keep a man with 4 OWI's in rapid succession off the road. Perhaps he didn't have access to a car until recently.

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