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Man Cited For Not Wearing Seatbelt And Smoking Marijuana, Police Say

Marshall D. Ambrose, 37, was pulled over on the west frontage road for not having his seat belt on, but then the officer smelled something a little funny.

A 37-year-old Caledonia man is accused of driving his car after smoking marijuana in the Town of Raymond.

Marshall D. Ambrose was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Thursday with one count of operating with a restricted controlled substance in his blood stream (sixth offense), one count of possession of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, he faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison and $20,500 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Wednesday, Ambrose was driving an Oldsmobile on the west frontage road near 3 Mile Road when a Racine County sheriff's deputy on patrol noticed he wasn't wearing a seat belt. The deputy followed Ambrose and pulled him over just north of Golf Road.

As the deputy approached the car he could smell burnt marijuana coming from inside. When he reached the window the smell got stronger and Ambrose told the deputy he smoked the drug before leaving home.

Ambrose was placed under arrest and the deputy searched his car and found a pipe with marijuana inside.

Ambrose was previously convicted of driving under the influence in 1994, 1997, 2001, 2008 and 2010. He's currently being held in Racine County Jail on $7,500 bond while awaiting trial.

FlyingTooLow October 26, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Five DUI's...??? Dang, this lad needs to tighten up. The fact that he faces 4 1/2 years in prison is the truly sad part of this article....and, it is very real. I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida...charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana. At the time, I really had no idea what I had gotten myself into...mine was an offense involving pot...the thought never occurred to me that I may actually spend years in prison for that 'indiscretion.' As my years in prison rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going...while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'...we stayed for YEARS. I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved...there were no victims. We were Americans...doing what Americans do best...living free. Truly, it is time for this lunacy to end...it never should have begun. My book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank It is about living free. I would be honored by your review.

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