Review of OWI incident involving Racine Co. D.A. complete

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Rich Chiapete

RACINE (WITI) — Racine County Sheriff’s officials say an external administrative review has been completed in the weekend incident involving Racine County District Attorney Rich Chiapete — and the actions of law enforcement personnel were appropriate.

Chiapete was cited for OWI and hit-and-run on Friday night, April 4th.

Chiapete says he had a few drinks at a birthday party before driving home around 10:00 p.m. Friday.

Racine police say Chiapete ran his 2004 Volkswagen into a light pole.

Neighbors say they watched Chiapete circle his vehicle before walking away from the crash.

Police matched the car’s registration to Chiapete’s home address — and subsequently wrote him tickets for OWI and hit-and-run.

On Tuesday, April 8th, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office said the action taken by law enforcement personnel has been affirmed to be appropriate and consistent with applicable statutes.

The case is now being handed over to the Racine City Attorney’s Office for review and final disposition.

Chiapete told FOX6 News on Monday he is owning up to the mistakes.

“Made a series of probably the poorest decisions I have ever made in my entire life. And I take full responsibility for it. For everything that happened. For everything I did that night,” Chiapete said.

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