When officers pulled over a Pleasant Prairie man suspected of driving drunk Tuesday night, the man was on the phone with his 9-year-old son.
According to a criminal complaint, the driver told police he had been at a work event and had “more than I should” to drink.
The man then told police he was “a little worried” because the 9-year-old son was home alone.
Jeremy Durick, 42, was charged Wednesday with operating while intoxicated-fifth offense and with child neglect.
The criminal complaint states that a man driving north on Interstate 94 called 911 after seeing a small black vehicle swerving in traffic and nearly striking a semi.
The caller followed the black car while on the phone with a dispatcher, and continued to follow after the driver exited on Highway 165 and pulled into a McDonald’s parking lot.
A Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department deputy met the caller in the parking lot, and he pointed out the vehicle.
The deputy followed as it left the parking lot and saw the vehicle speeding and continuing to swerve on the roadway.
According to the report, the driver — later identified as Durick — did not immediately stop when the deputy activated his emergency lights, continuing east on 165 for about eight blocks before pulling over.
At the scene, Durick failed the field sobriety test, according to the criminal complaint.
When Durick told officers at the scene that his 9-year-old son was home alone, a Pleasant Prairie Police officer went to the home to check on the boy.
The child let the officer inside the house.
“I stepped into the house, and it looked like it had been ransacked,” the officer stated in the criminal complaint.
“There were items all over the ground such as paper, cat food, old chewing gum, Hot Wheels, chairs, scooters, etc. The cabinets were all open. There were alcohol bottles that were in reach (of the boy) out in the open.”
Other areas of the house were in disarray as well, according to the report.
The boy told the officer he had been home alone since noon. It was about 9:30 p.m. when the officer went to the home.
The boy told the officer he was fine and was not scared.
“I then asked (the boy) if he ate dinner yet. (He) stated he made himself a bowl of ice cream.”
The boy was turned over to another adult in the family.
According to the criminal complaint, Durick has been convicted of operating while intoxicated four times in the past, most recently in 2010 in Kenosha County.
In court Wednesday, Durick’s bond was set at $7,500.
His initial appearance was postponed to May 3 to allow him time to hire an attorney.