Thursday, February 25, 2021

Racine alderman suspected of leading police on high-speed chase


Police arrested a Racine alderman after a police chase.

It happened early Saturday morning in Caledonia.

District 4 alderman Edwin Santiago Jr. was booked into the Racine County Jail and released.

According to a police report obtained by WISN 12, an officer tried to pull a driver over for speeding.

But instead, the officer said the man behind the wheel hit the gas at 80 mph and took off down Douglas Avenue into Racine.

The report said when Santiago finally pulled over, at gunpoint, the officer took him into custody.

The report noted the alderman "smelled of intoxicants, had slurred speech and watery eyes."

It also said Santiago's wife, a passenger in the car, was "heavily intoxicated."

The district attorney has not formally charged Santiago.

No one answered his door Tuesday.

The alderman was elected last April.

The mayor's office told WISN 12 they were aware of the arrest but had no other comment.

WISN 12's calls to the alderman's attorney have not been returned.


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