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‘Weaving through traffic:’ Burlington woman arrested for OWI with child in vehicle

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Sarah Gorzalski

RACINE COUNTY — A Burlington woman, 33, is facing charges.  This, after she was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 19 for OWI, second offense with a 5-year-old child in the vehicle, not restrained. The incident happened around 2:15 p.m. in the Town of Norway.

Sarah Gorzalski is facing the following charges:

  • Second degree recklessly endangering safety
  • Three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping
  • Operate motor vehicle while revoked
  • Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated — 3rd offense with a minor child in the vehicle

According to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, they received a complaint on Feb. 19 about a white pickup truck swerving all over the road on State Highway 36 approaching State Highway 164.

A Racine deputy spotted the truck near State Highway 11 and State Highway 36. He observed the truck weaving through traffic — at one point causing another motorist to brake to avoid a collision.

According to the complaint,  the deputy activated his emergency lights and siren to stop the vehicle. That’s when the driver, later identified as Gorzalski, braked hard, then accelerated rapidly and again braked, causing the truck to fishtail. The truck slid into the snow-covered center median sideways and then rocked up onto two tires.

Officials say the truck fell back onto all four tires and came to a stop partially blocking traffic on the opposite side of STH 36. Gorzalski then rapidly accelerated, driving across oncoming traffic, narrowly avoiding yet another collision with multiple oncoming vehicles — forcing them to brake and swerve. Gorzalski then stopped on the opposite shoulder of STH 36, facing northbound.

The deputy then made contact with Gorzalski — at which time she stated that she knew her license was revoked and admitted she was taking methadone. There was also a 5-year-old child in the truck — who was seated in a child seat but was not buckled into the seat.

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