Elkhorn man arrested for 9th OWI after nearly striking Racine County Sheriff's Deputy

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A Racine County Sheriff's Deputy narrowly avoided being hit by a drunk driver on Friday.

The Deputy was northbound on Oakes Road at Hwy 11, waiting at a red traffic light. When the light turned green, the deputy proceeded through the intersection. A Red Chevy Cruz ran the red light on Durand and would have broadsided the Deputy had he not stopped. 

The Deputy initiated a traffic stop and pulled the vehicle over in the parking lot of AT&T.

The driver identified himself as Jason Sensabaugh. He admitted to running the red light and almost striking the squad. The deputy observed the slurred tone of the driver's speech, glassy eyes, and a strong odor of intoxicants on his breath.

In addition, on the passenger floorboard was an empty bottle of Fleischmanns and Smirnoff Triple Distilled Vodka.

Sensabaugh failed field sobriety tests and blew a .169.

Sensabaugh also had valid warrants for his arrest and revoked driving privileges. He was placed under arrest. 

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