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Pleasant Prairie woman arrested on OWI charge after fiery crash in Yorkville
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Pleasant Prairie woman arrested on OWI charge after fiery crash in Yorkville

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Pleasant Prairie woman arrested after crash

The vehicle of Rashae Ashanti Martin, 18, of Pleasant Prairie, was driving is engulfed in flames following an early Sunday morning crash off the southbound Highway 41/I-94 off-ramp at Highway 20 in the Village of Yorkville. Martin was arrested on a pending charge of operating while intoxicated.

RACINE COUNTY — An 18-year-old Pleasant Prairie woman faces her first drunken driving charge after a high-speed crash early Sunday morning off the southbound Highway 41/I-94 off ramp at Highway 20 in the Village of Yorkville.

According to a press release issued by the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, Rashae Ashanti Martin was arrested on a pending charge of operating while intoxicated and was also issued several traffic citations.

Martin was transported to a local hospital after the crash for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

At approximately 3:05 a.m. Sunday, the Racine County Communications Center received multiple 911 calls reporting the crash.

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According to the Sheriff’s Office, witnesses reported that Martin’s vehicle was traveling at a “very high rate of speed” and hit the concrete median barrier wall, before it continued south down the exit ramp and struck numerous construction barrels.

The witnesses also stated that Martin did not stop for the red light, struck the concrete median, flew over the westbound lanes of Highway 20 and came to rest in the grass median in front of the Petro Truck Stop.

Upon arrival, deputies found Martin’s 2016 Chevy Malibu with severe damage. Martin, the sole occupant, was unconscious and pulled from the vehicle just as it started on fire and quickly became fully engulfed, the release states.

The crash remained under investigation as of Sunday, but sheriff’s officials said speed and alcohol appeared to be factors.

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