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Suspects facing OWI charges once again

January 12, 2017

RACINE COUNTY — Two men accused of allegedly driving while intoxicated in separate incidents have multiple OWIs already, according to court records.

Earl Knuckles, 68, of the 3300 block of Kensington Court of Racine, was charged Wednesday with operating while intoxicated fifth or sixth offense. Knuckles other OWI charges reportedly occurred in Kentucky and Indiana since 1991.

According to the criminal complaint against Knuckles:

A Racine police officer pulled Knuckles over at 1:14 a.m. Tuesday after observing him allegedly blocking lanes of travel in the 700 block of North Memorial Drive with his truck and then sideswipe a utility pole. During the traffic stop, the officer reported that the accused had slurred speech, a strong odor of intoxicants and was unable to stand for a sobriety test.

Knuckles reportedly declined to answer if he had consumed alcohol, according to the officer’s report. A blood draw at the hospital was taken for further evidence but his blood alcohol level was not noted in the complaint.

Knuckles’ preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 18.

Gordon Haley, 49, of the 900 block of Main Street of Racine, was charged Tuesday, with operating while intoxicated fifth or sixth offense, attempted battery to hospital personnel and disorderly conduct. Haley’s previous OWI charges occurred in Racine and Kenosha and date back as far as 1994.

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According to the criminal complaint:

A Mount Pleasant police pulled over a vehicle allegedly at 6:39 a.m. Monday near Highway 31 and Cortland Avenue after spotting a vehcile recklessly driving.

During the traffic stop, Haley was found bleeding from the head and allegedly appeared intoxicated and fell out of the vehicle. That’s when the officer called for paramedics. After he was taken to Ascension All Saints Hospital, Haley allegedly became belligerent with nursing staff and was restrained to a bed with handcuffs.

Upon release from the hospital, the officer who took Haley to jail reported that Haley allegedly said he was “buzzed” because he took two shots with his nephew to celebrate the Green Bay Packers win the night before.

Haley is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 19.

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