Man arrested for allegedly driving drunk, firing handgun out window

RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A 62-year-old Burlington man is facing charges after authorities say he drove around drunk while firing a handgun out the window. 

The Racine County Sheriff's Office says around 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, a concerned citizen called to report the reckless driver traveling northbound on Fisher Drive in Burlington. The called stated the driver almost struck a mailbox and was firing rounds out the window. 

Deputies were able to stop the vehicle and observed the driver -- identified as 62-year-old Ryan Gietzel -- to be impaired. He was subsequently arrested for OWI, his first offense. Officials searched the vehicle and found a handgun and spent casings. 

Gietzel was transported to the Racine County Jail and held on the following charges:

  • felony recklessly endanger safety
  • felony discharge firearm from a vehicle
  • felony endangering safety by use of dangerous weapon
  • operate while intoxicated 1st offense
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